Riding a bike can be a great way to stay physically fit while reducing your impact on the environment. However, getting around on a bike safely can be a little tricky if you get caught in one of the heavy storms that are so common in our area.
The four bike safety tips provided below are designed to help riders avoid being involved in a Tampa bicycle accident and ride safely in inclement weather.
If you know that you might need to ride in the rain, a little planning ahead can help ensure you arrive at your destination safely and comfortably. A hooded waterproof jacket is a must for cycling in a major storm. Some cyclists also like to include waterproof gloves and booties in their rain gear.
Watch for Oil Patches
Keep an eye out for those rainbow-colored patches of oil when you are riding in the rain. Roads tend to be at their slipperiest just as it starts to rain as water mixes with any residual oils that may be resting on the pavement’s surface. These can create temporary oil slicks that can pose a real safety hazard to cyclists.
Consider Upgrading Your Glasses
As the fitness website Active.com points out, your regular sunglasses may be too dim to wear safely when you are riding in the rain. Wearing glasses with yellow or clear lenses may make it much easier to see in low light conditions. Some cyclists suggest applying a product like Rain-X to the lenses as a way to keep glasses from fogging up during a storm.
Use a LED Lamp
Another upgrade that you might consider adding to your bike is a nice bright LED lamp. Conditions can become quite dark during a heavy Florida storm, and these can be very helpful in ensuring that motorists can see you. Some riders use two lamps with one white LED lamp on the handlebars and a second red LED lamp flashing in the rear.
Have you been injured in a bike accident due to someone else’s irresponsible behavior? Call our Tampa bicycle accident lawyers today.
Abrahamson & Uiterwyk may be able to help if you’ve been seriously injured in a bicycle accident in our area. Call us today at 1-800-753-5203 to get started with a free case evaluation.