Southern California is popular for cyclists, whether it is for commuting or for pleasure. However, the increased number of bikes on the road and the heavy traffic increase the risk of crashes.
There are a number of things that cyclists can use to improve their safety and reduce the severity of injuries in the event they are in an accident. Some are basic accessories that have been around for years, while others have appeared with advances in technology.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are certain accessories and gear that all cyclists and bikes should have. A properly fitted helmet is one of the most important aspects of riding a bike, as it protects the skull and brain in the event of a crash.
It is also important to find a bike that is not only the right size but also works correctly. Bikes should have reflectors and front and rear lights for better visibility as well as a horn or bell. Riders should also wear bright and reflective clothing so other drivers can easily see them.
Advanced technology gadgets
According to Hobbr, there are a number of smart gadgets that have come onto the market over the years. Along with lights on the front and rear of your bike, there are various options, such as lights around the tires, that make your bike even more visible. There is also a ground mapping system to help guide riders along dark routes. Other technological options include:
- GPS navigation to keep cyclists’ eyes on the road
- LED-lit armbands
- Battery-operated shoe attachment lights
- Battery-powered flare
- Rear HD camera
- Wireless turn signal
No matter what gear you choose to improve safety, they do not guarantee you are safe on the road. You still need to pay attention and ride defensively.