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Three tips for safe winter cycling

Cyclists face numerous dangers on the roads under ideal weather conditions. When the weather turns bad, however, cyclists face reduced mobility, limited visibility and slowed reaction times. For a bicyclist, any type of vehicle collision can result in catastrophic injuries or death.

Here are a few tips to keep yourself safe while riding this winter.

Whether you are riding to work or riding for exercise, the winter provides a unique set of hazards to overcome. You might be pedaling through freezing rain, snow, or across ice-covered roads or paths. Take a moment to prepare for road hazards and weather challenges before leaving the house.

  • Change out your gear: Most bicycle tires are designed to help you attain speed and nimble maneuverability. These types of tires might not be the most helpful when riding in the snow and ice. Consider changing your tires to a studded or treaded set. These tires can help you gain more traction over slippery surfaces.
  • Be visible: Make sure to wear reflective clothing - even during the day. Winter skies can be gray and cloudy even in the middle of the day. Ensure that your headlamp and the lights/reflectors on your bike are in proper working order.
  • Ride defensively: Essentially, assume that you are invisible. If you are waiting to cross an intersection, try to make eye contact with the drivers queuing to turn. Unfortunately, they might be too concerned with clearing the intersection of other vehicles to notice you. You must be hyper-vigilant to ensure your own safety.

It is no secret that cyclists tend to suffer the worst injuries in any type of collision. By following these tips, you can reduce your chances of being struck by another vehicle while riding in winter conditions. If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, it is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about your legal options.

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