Safety Tips for Cycling at NightPosted on March 15, 2013
Cycling enthusiasts agree that riding at night is relaxing and enjoyable. However, it’s also dangerous. Knowing that you had the right of way will not take away the pain if you are struck by a motorist. The Cyclist at Law encourages you to follow these tips to have a safe night ride and to avoid the pain and trauma of an accident.
Drivers aren’t always watching for cyclists, and riding in the dark makes you even more difficult to see.
Make sure that you are visible to drivers:
- Wear a jacket and pants with reflective tape to make yourself more visible.
- Put a wide band of reflective tape on your helmet so it will stand out when the headlights shine on it.
- Use reflectors on your tires so a driver coming up on your side will see the bike.
- Invest in a headlight and a rear light to make yourself more visible to drivers who are sharing the road with you.
Rules of the Road
As an experienced Dallas bike accident attorney, Attorney Bill Shirer knows how important it is to follow the rules of the road. The best way to avoid a cycling accident is for you to watch your surroundings closely:
- Listen for oncoming cars.
- Always ride in the same direction of traffic.
- Watch for sewer grates that can throw you off your bike.
- Give pedestrians the right of way.
- Use hand signals when turning.
- If you have to go around a parked car, look over your shoulder to be sure there is not a car coming up on your side.
Following the basic rules of bicycle safety will protect you when you ride your bike at night. Additionally, the more visible you are to cars, the easier it will be for them to see you and move past you safely. If you are riding on the road, be aware of your surroundings so you can get out of the way of an oncoming car.
If you have other questions about night riding or if you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, call the Cyclist at Law at 800-877-6188. We represent cycling accident cases every day and can help you get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.