Top Safety Tips for Riding Scooters & Bikes at Night
Many people worry about riding their bikes and scooters after dark, and for good reason! It’s hard for many drivers to spot cyclists, and harder for cyclists to see hazards. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, and by taking the right precautions, you can make it just as safe as daytime bike riding. Here are a few of the best things you can do to ensure your safety when cycling at night.
1. Plenty of Lighting
For obvious reasons, you’ll have considerably more trouble seeing stray branches, potholes, curbs, or anything else that could pose a risk to your safety. Because of this, you should come equipped with some form of lighting, whether that’s in the form of headlights, a headlamp, or another type of mounted light. Though you’ll have to pay more attention than you would during the day, sufficient lighting will still allow you to avoid any potential hazards.
2. Wear Bright Colors
Bikes aren’t the most noticeable of vehicles, so it’s important for you to make yourself as visible as possible. Wearing dark colors will cause you to blend into the night, so drivers won’t be able to see you until they’re dangerously close. By wearing bright colors, or even something reflective, you can make yourself stand out to drivers, ensuring your safety and avoiding a traffic incident.
3. Be Extra Cautious
Sure, it’s fun to explore new routes and ride around at top speed, but you’re better off saving that for when you have better visibility. Even if your lighting is decent, you’ll still have worse distance vision than usual. This, combined with the unfamiliarity of your route, will give you an extremely short time frame to react to obstacles, especially at high speeds. Be sure to stick to routes you’re familiar with, and take them slower than usual.
While the risk is there, these measures mean you don’t need to worry about night cycling at all! At Boardloch, we understand the importance of bike safety and security and have committed ourselves to improving it. That’s why we offer a variety of safety racks for skateboard, scooters, and bikes alike!
For more safety tips or information on our top-of-the-line security racks, feel free to check out our blog! We hope that you’ll be able to enjoy cycling with complete peace of mind.