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Prevent bicycle crashes by increasing your visibility

We know what you're thinking: "I don't want to put on a fluorescent yellow vest when I'm riding my bike. That's so uncool!"

But visibility is so essential to bicycle safety that we'd like you to reconsider your notion of style. Is it stylish to be bedridden for a month trying to recover from a traumatic brain injury that you could have avoided? Is it cool to suffer from a lifelong disability that you could have prevented if you had worn a silly reflective vest? The answer to these questions is clear. It's not cool or stylish to get hurt when you could have prevented a crash by increasing your visibility.

How to get more visible when riding your bike

Let's take a look at some great ways that you can prevent accidents and be more visible when you're riding your bike:

  • Get horizontal: A little known fact is that horizontal visibility will help you stay safer when you're riding your bike. Bicycles with their riders on them are very narrow, but with appropriate lighting choices, you can increase the width of your appearance. A white headlight that will be visible 500 feet away is an excellent way to achieve this. A red taillight that's also visible from 500 feet away is also a great option.
  • Get a high visibility helmet and put lights and reflectors on it: You can easily affix a light to your helmet in addition to reflective tape. This will greatly help you get more visible.
  • Use running lights: Running lights add to your visibility, too. These will be lower on your bike and give drivers a better chance of seeing you.
  • Wear that reflective vest: They're not that stylish, but reflective vests will dramatically increase your visibility and help drivers avoid you.

When using your bicycle lights, be sure to remember that these lights are not just useful in the evening hours. Keep them on in the day as well, and you will be more visible. Carry extra batteries, too, so you can replace them and keep your lights on when required.

If you get hit by a car and hurt in a bicycle crash

If you get hit by a car and hurt in a bicycle crash, you might be able to pursue a financial claim in court. Learn about your legal rights and options to seek financial justice in the event that a negligent or unlawful driver hurts you.

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