First, It's important to understand cycling and traffic laws in your area to make sure you’re following the rules of the road at all times — and staying as careful as possible. You’ll also want to look into any particular rules about riding bikes at your destination if you’re not using regular streets. For example, boardwalks and some trails might have restrictions about where you can ride. Additionally, it’s a wise idea to plan out your general route ahead of time to make sure you know your area and understand how you’ll navigate any intersections, roundabouts and other changes in traffic flow. Mapping your route can also help you find bike lanes to use.
Being prepared for what you might encounter while cycling is only one of the first steps toward safer riding. Once you have your trike, you’ll want to get to know the mechanics of the vehicle. Test your brakes and, if you have them, any gear-shifting mechanisms in a safe spot like your driveway or sidewalk before you take your trike out onto the road. It’s essential to know how these features work so you can use them to respond quickly to a change in conditions. If it’s been a while since you’ve ridden, start your triking in your driveway or on a non-busy street. Even if you’ve cycled before, each trike rides differently, and you want to become familiar with it before you go too far from home.
While riding, it’s vital to stay aware of your surroundings. Watch out for pedestrians and oncoming vehicles — drivers may not be paying attention. Wearing bright colors or reflective riding gear can help make you more visible. Use hand signals to communicate with drivers and other cyclists when you're turning or switching lanes. Don't wear headphones or sunglasses that could obscure your vision or keep you from hearing. Do wear a properly fitting helmet every time you ride; it’ll keep you safe, and it may even be a requirement in your state.
If the road around you is bumpy or has obstacles like potholes, prepare to trike around them, as the wider back end of a trike can destabilize over large bumps or holes. Fortunately, many adult trikes are built with self-balancing designs to prevent you from tipping off, but if one side of the back wheel set comes up too high, the trike could flip. Always take corners slowly and keep your weight centered.