When commuting after dark, safety must be the number one priority for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Commuting in the dark can be stressful, but don't fret! The tips below will help ensure a safe commute when driving this winter.
1. Plan ahead - Utilize technology to find the most direct, secure, and well-lit route.
2. Stay focused - It is harder to see at night, especially in inclement weather, so avoid distractions and keep your eyes peeled for other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
3. Check headlights - Headlights, even in brand-new cars are sometimes uneven or pointed lower than necessary; therefore, it is worth the effort to consult with a professional who can aim them correctly.
Biking or walking to work is a great way to stay active and healthy during the cold, winter months. Of course, with winter comes longer hours of darkness, which begs the question: is it safe to bike or walk at night? The answer is “yes!” These tips will help you stay safe and confident during your active commute.
1. Always use front and rear bicycle lights. Lights help you to see and be seen.
2. Double check your tire pressure. Having tires inflated at or slightly below the recommended pounds per square inch (PSI) will increase traction during wet or icy conditions.
3. Be sure to adjust your bike helmet fitting if wearing a hat or other insulation underneath.
4. Use crosswalks when crossing the street; however, maintain caution and look both ways before crossing as it is harder to see and be seen in the dark.