There are numerous ways that you can improve your mountain bike safety.  Many riders will tell you  that wearing a helmet is the most important step to staying safe.  The second most important step is  that you should always ride in control of your  mountain bike.

By riding in control you'll not only prevent crashes, but keep others on the trail safe as well.  When  riding out of control you loose the ability to  adjust to the terrain as you ride over it.  This can and usually does result in serious injury to yourself and others.

Follow these helpful guidelines and you'll remain safe when riding your mountain bike.

Gear Always make sure that you wear a helmet and other  necessary safety gear for the conditions that you  plan to ride in.

Never ride beyond your control There is never any shame in walking the areas of  the trail that you don't feel comfortable in riding and you should never let anyone else tell you that there is.

Keep your speed under control Always make sure you keep your speed at a level  where you can quickly adjust to any obstacles or  change in the trail.

Knowing your trail You should never push the limits on trails that you aren't familiar with.  You should take trails you aren't familiar with at slow speeds until you learn them better.

Slow down around blind corners If you can't see past a corner you should always  slow down, as you never know who or what is around it.

Start small then go big Work your way up to stunts or obstacles.  Practice in less difficult or dangerous situations before you  move up to something more dangerous.

Playing it smart If you start to question what your doing, you probably shouldn't be doing.  Always think about what you are  doing and go with your instincts.