With traffic getting back to normal, it’s more important than ever to make yourself more visible to motorists. Here are some tips that can make it easier for motorists to see you. Some are obvious, but a few may surprise you.
- Wear bright-colored socks. This solution may be the simplest and cheapest. The up and down motion is more noticeable than a high-viz kit. Studies show wearing bright-colored socks makes you 83% more visible.
- Wear a high-viz jersey and shorts. Fluorescent colors do not occur in nature and stand out. Studies show wearing high-viz apparel reduces your chance of an incident by 53%.
- Use flashing lights on the front and back, even during the day. Flashing lights, especially ones that vary, work best. Studies show using lights during the day reduces your risk of an injury-causing accident by 47%.
- Wear reflective clothing at night. High-Viz may help during the day, but not at night. Do not overestimate their effectiveness. Studies show reflective clothing makes you 72% more visible at night.
- Ride on roads commonly used by other cyclists. Motorists expect to see cyclists there. Use Strava heat maps to determine common routes.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If the sun is in your eyes, it’s in the motorist’s eyes as well. Take another route. Going into the shade can sometimes make you invisible. Use the above tips to help be seen.
- 80% of accidents occur during daylight. Therefore, don’t be overconfident on a sunny day.
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