Whether your commute home is getting darker or you’re just hopping on your bike at an unusual time, having the right cycling equipment is essential.
To help you stay visible on your ride, we’ve put together a few top tips and a selection of the best bike lights available so you can maximise your safety in the dark.
Make sure you can see ahead
It may sound glaringly obvious, but one of the easiest ways to detect whether you’re visible to those around you is to check if you can see the road ahead.
For instance, if you’re struggling to see more than a metre in front of you, then the chances are a car might not notice you until the very last minute.
In which case, the Halfords Advanced 1600 Front Bike Light is an absolute must-have. Developing a massive 1600 lumens, it’s the perfect light to make sure that you’re seen on darker country roads and poorly lit areas.
Be seen from behind
The same principle applies to your rear bike lights as well. According to our research, 87% of rear-end collisions happen because motorists don’t see cyclists in time. This is a scary thought as you can’t really control what people do behind you. The only solution is to make sure you’re kitted out with the best possible rear light.
Ideally, you want a bike light that flashes to draw attention to your presence. The Halfords 100 Lumen Rear Laser Light projects a cycle lane onto the road to help prevent drivers from coming too close. Plus the welcome addition of it being USB chargeable means you can charge it while you’re at work, ready for your ride home.
Widen your presence
To complement the rear and front lights, it’s also useful to make yourself appear wider as well. Especially when 55% of all cycling accidents happen side-on at crossings, roundabouts and junctions.
The Cateye Orb Black Bar End Bike Lights increases your visible width on the road by projecting a lane to both sides of your bike. This can give drivers a better idea of the distance they should be giving you when overtaking. Another option is the Halfords LED Armband, which is compact, lightweight and fits neatly around your arm.
Maximise your visibility to others
Wearing hi-vis clothing can also make a difference when it comes to being seen out on the road. We’ve got a great range at Halfords, including jackets, gloves, vests and bag covers, so make sure to check them out and maximise your visibility.
Use your head
Finally, by attaching the Halfords Helmet Light to the top of your helmet, you can make yourself look taller in the dark. This will allow drivers to see lights low down, to the side and up high, giving you the best possible chance of staying safe at night.
Stay safe out there on those dark nights! We’ve covered just a few of our top bike lights and accessories in this blog, so be sure to visit Halfords.com to review the whole range and find the perfect products to keep your night-time riding safe.
To find out more about bike lights and how to set them up correctly, check out our recent blog.