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Bike safety tips for Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time ends in early November -- on the 5 in 2017 -- and that means the mornings are darker than ever.

Cyclists who hit the roads for an early morning ride, perhaps commuting to work, need to be fully aware of how this will impact them, the risks it brings and what they can do to stay safe.

Below are a few safety tips that can help:

  • Use a bike headlight. Not only does it expose the road to you, but it makes you far more visible to drivers. With the glare inside a car, they often can't see an unlit bike in the darkness of early morning.
  • Use a headlamp, as well. The headlamp may not illuminate quite as much for you, but there's one huge benefit: When you turn your head, the light turns with you. This increases the odds that a driver will see you.
  • Consider a rear light that flashes. Remember, you're supposed to ride with traffic, so cars are constantly overtaking you. One of the biggest risks is when drivers just don't know you're there, on the shoulder or in the bike lane. You never see the crash coming.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothes. Even without your own lights, these clothes help make you visible in every car's headlights. Just throw a reflective vest over your work clothes if you don't want two complete outfits.

If you're involved in a bicycle accident this year, as the days grow darker and shorter, be sure you know all of the legal options you have. You may have a right to compensation for issues like lost wages and high medical bills.

Source: Bike Newport, "It’s Getting Darker Earlier – Fall Back and Light Up!," accessed Nov. 02, 2017

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