There are so many magnificent reasons to ride a bike at night. The stars are out, the decibel level is lowered and the air is crisp. However, it may be raining sometimes, or you may be sharing the road with vehicles - full of drivers making their way home. In spite of that, using a safety bike reflectors can prevent you from getting hit by a car.
Bike Reflectors Help Drivers To See You
Riding a bicycle is a healthy way to transport yourself around. But at night, as well as in other low-light conditions, the bike rider may want to take extra measures - using bicycle reflectors. Also, a front-facing white light, as well as rear-facing red light, are a very good idea. Bike reflectors can supplement lights to help keep the bike rider visible, while out in the dark.
Bike reflectors work by bouncing back the light in the direction of its source. In most cases, this would be light being reflected from the headlight of a vehicle, back towards the driver’s eyes. If all of your bike riding is on safe routes, you may not be inclined to have additional bicycle reflectors. However, if you have to share lanes with vehicles, you may feel differently. If your bike has reflective surfaces, then you may not need special apparel to be visible. Even if your outfit is all black, your bicycle will make you visible to drivers, and you never have to worry that the battery of your reflector will drain before you make it home. It is really pleasant for other road users if they can see you clearly with bike reflectors. Many times, other drivers will thank you for being visible.
Other tips to avoid collision:
.1. Use a headlight. If you're riding your bike at night, you definitely should be utilizing a front headlight. It’s better to use the new LED headlights which last ten times compared to old-style lights.
2. Wave. If you can not make eye contact with the man behind the wheel, wave your arm to the driver. It's easier for drivers to see a person’s arm going left and right than it is for them to see you riding your bike coming straight towards them. You could also use a loud horn to get the attention of the driver.
3. Slow down. If you can't make eye contact with the driver, it’s better you slow down so that you can be able to completely stop if you have to. Although it's inconvenient, it beats getting hit by a car.