If cycling in low visibility (fog, dusk or night) you must be prepared in advance if you want to ensure your safety on the road. To accomplish this, you must comply with the legal requirements, but also to rely on logic and your own experience. In addition, you must be visible from afar, you must be more careful than usual.
Every day on my way to work and back past the 35 mile bike route out of town after dark. Will share their experiences, which could serve you even if not so “extreme” situations.
View of the Road
My friend cyclist, who is also a fan of night cycling, likes to say: “better to look like a Christmas tree than to end up under the wheels of a car.”
The market offers a wide range of reflective clothing, which provide visibility of cyclists on the road, for example jersey for cycling BTWIN 700and vest or jacket BTWIN 500.
These are clothes designed specifically to help you see at night or in the fog of more than 100 meters away.
Under the road wearing a reflective vest for extra cycling is required at night and in poor visibility. I believe that by sensible people, we all observe this requirement is not so much to avoid the fine, but for our own safety on the road.
To this requirement we have to add the requirement of a device for emitting white or yellow light well distinguishable front and red rear light and white or yellow reflectors on the side of the wheels.
The front light is also important. It is important to be visible to vehicles moving against us, but also for us and we can see the road, especially when you drive at night in rural conditions.
Lighthouse VIOO 720 USB provides a luminous flux of 240 lumens.
With it you will notice from very far away, and you will see the road 20 meters ahead. This distance is sufficient to see the holes, branches and any other obstacles that you might encounter. Otherwise, the fall of the wheel is almost certain.
Note that the lamp should be well regulated. The light should not be too high so as not to blind the drivers of cars in the opposite lane, but should not be too low. The light beam should illuminate a distance of at least 20-30 meters.
If cycling in twilight, fog or rain, add an extra layer of clothing that will protect you from the cold. Evening and early morning you can take advantage of solar heat. Fog sun did not reach you, and to add and humidity that leaves feeling more cold weather.
On the Road
Note that vision in low light is reduced. Therefore you must be more vigilant than usual. Be careful of any obstacles, including those that could occur to the left or right, because even with good light, side visibility is almost zero.
If cycling at night, you have a major advantage, and it is that situation around you is much more quiet than during the day. For example, you can hear the approaching car behind you (or see its headlights if you do not hear it). The sound of the engine of the vehicle can guide you whether the driver he saw you or not.
Many people think that cycling is dangerous at night without proper bike lights according to Ebicyclelights, but will make sure that car drivers are more cautious when overtaking and surround you at least 2 meters. In many cases, I feel more secure on the wheel at night than during the day.
Do not move too right, but do not drive in the middle lane because even with good visibility lights will is weak and you may not notice a hole in the road or other obstacle.
Listen carefully to the surrounding noises that might make you navigate to any approaching animal. Sometimes animals crossing the road right in front of the tire you because they see you. This is one of the peculiarities of the night – often hear strange noises (especially outside the city), without understanding what their source. This may not encouraging you act early, but posteshtenno will get used.
The advantage of night skiing out of town is that you maintain a constant speed, as there is no movement.