There is a higher risk of automobile accidents at night due to several factors, including reduced visibility and a greater likelihood of encountering fatigued or intoxicated drivers. Unfortunately, this risk extends to collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles.
Here are three tips to help cyclists stay safe while traveling on Louisiana roadways after dark.
1. Wear protective gear
It is a good practice for cyclists to wear helmets at all times when riding on public streets, and this is particularly true at night since the rate of collisions is higher. Cyclists should also ensure they wear the proper clothing to help mitigate road rash, a condition caused by skin rubbing against the pavement.
2. Use lights
People who ride at night should also make sure that their bikes have lights in the front and back. This helps them see where they are going and boosts their visibility to motorists coming up behind them.
3. Make people aware of the route and routine
Having someone know a cyclist’s route and when they plan on arriving back home can be lifesaving. For instance, say a cyclist gets into a collision with a motor vehicle and not only does the driver fail to stop, but the cyclist is too injured to call for help. The designated person can travel along their known path and look for the cyclist after they fail to arrive home on time.
There are many ways for cyclists to stay safe on the road at any time of day or night, decreasing their likelihood of sustaining a life-altering injury.