Cyclists should be wary of shorter daylight hours

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In Florida, the weather is so good that you can ride your bicycle for most of the year. While those living in northern states may be hanging their bikes up for the season, you don’t have to. You can still use it to commute, exercise or just have fun.

However, the daylight hours are still getting shorter, even though the temperatures are warm. You need to be wary of this, as it can reduce visibility and may make it more likely that you’ll get involved in an accident. A driver who can’t see you could run into you while turning or passing, even if they’re trying to be cautious. There is always a risk from negligent drivers, but the risk increases when it’s dark for more of the day — especially if you’re commuting to and from work or school.

What can you do to stay safe?

There are many things you can do to help protect yourself, focusing on increasing your own visibility. Some tactics include:

  • Putting a headlight and taillight on your bike
  • Using a light that pulses in a strobe pattern
  • Wearing bright clothes, especially in neon green
  • Wearing reflective fabric
  • Adding reflective stickers to your bike frame, your pedals and your helmet

You may not be able to change when you ride, but you can still make it easier for drivers to see you. Unfortunately, though, nothing guarantees you won’t get hit. If you are injured by a driver, be sure you know how to seek compensation for medical bills and related costs.


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