Night riding: ways to prevent nighttime bike accidents

bike riding at night

Biking is a great way to exercise or commute. However, when the sun goes down, your relaxing ride can turn into a nightmare. Without the proper gear, biking at night is unsafe and unwise.

Many avid bikers have found that night riding is possible, and even preferable as long as precautions are taken to prevent nighttime bike accidents.

Always Wear a Helmet

Although wearing a helmet won’t prevent an accident from happening, it could save your life. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 50%. Most bicyclists that die in traffic accidents don’t wear a helmet.

A perk to wearing a helmet at night is that it makes an excellent mount for reflective gear or additional lights.

Protect Your Eyes

Any time you are riding a bike, there is the chance of debris hitting your eyes. It is best to protect them at all times, whether riding during the day or at night.

There are glasses made with clear, yellow, or rose-tinted lenses that can be worn at night. If those are too costly or you are in a bind, safety glasses or goggles from a hardware store will work just as well.

Ride Through Well-Lit Areas

Not only do well-let areas help you avoid bumps and divots in the road, but it helps others see you. Drivers are also more apt to notice a biker on a lit bike path than one on a dark road.

Depending on how well-lit the trail is, you may not need any additional equipment for your night ride than you would during the day.

Before opting for a lit path at night, double check that the lights don’t shut off at a specific time. The last thing you’d want is to start on a ride planning for some lights around you, then find that they turn off half-way home.

Use Reflective Gear

Reflective tape and clothing will help keep you visible to others around you, especially vehicles. The light from a vehicle’s headlights will reflect off of the tape or apparel in such a way that drivers should see you.

Reflective tape or clothing should be worn on your back/backpack, legs, the front of your shirt, and your bike frame if it doesn’t have reflectors or…
 
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