Riding Safe and Seen: 5 Tips for Better Visibility on the Road

Submitted by: Eric Minghella

The smartest cyclists ride safe and get seen. It’s safest to assume drivers won’t notice bikes. For drivers, it is not as easy to register a bike as it is to register a truck or car. As a cyclist, it’s your job to do all you can to make sure you and your bike stand out from everything else going on out on the road. Here are 5 tips for staying visible when cycling:

1. Be reflective. Traffic regulations call for a clear headlight and a red tail light, but lights may not be enough. Reflectors will help you be noticed. You can place reflectors on your handlebars, pedals, fenders, and spokes. You can also wear reflective bands around your ankles and wrists or put reflective tape on your arms, legs, chest, and back. And remember to charge your lights frequently or take along extra batteries.
2. Get fluorescent. Traditional colors like blue, black, brown, gray, and green blend into the surroundings. Florescent colors can’t be ignored. Wear a safety vest (you can help start that fashion trend!) and choose a bright colored helmet to get noticed.
3. Invite friends. The more the merrier! A group is easier to see than just one person. And when riding with others, help is there if you run into any obstacles on the road.
4. Signal often. Always ride predictably and signal your intention so drivers know where you are headed. By simply pointing in the direction you intend to turn or when changing lanes, drivers should give you the space you need to make your move.
5. Maintain the lane. Never pass a vehicle on the right. This puts you in the blind spot. Always stop far enough back so that vehicles can see you before turning in front of you. Also, avoid weaving in and out of traffic lanes or cutting between cars.

This article was provided by www.personalinjury-law.com, an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice, and it is intended for informational use only. Be sure to review your local cycling ordinances to ensure you ride safe and legally.

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