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Do you know how to bike safely at night?

Although you may do your best to only ride your bike during the daylight hours, you know that this isn't always possible. If you jump in the saddle after dark, there are a variety of things you can do to improve your overall level of safety.

-- Light your bike. California law requires bicycles to be fitted with pedal reflectors, white headlamps, red reflectors in the rear and either yellow or white spoke reflectors.

-- Light yourself. In addition to lighting your bike, you should do the same to your body. This means many things, such as wearing a reflective vest.

-- Ride on well-lit roads. This may not always be possible, but it's something to consider even if you have to go out of your way. When you ride on well lit roads, it's easier to see where you're going. And of course, it's also easier for others to see you.

Along with the above, you should always be aware of what's going on around you. If you begin to daydream, if you aren't watching the road in front of you, there's a greater chance of being involved in an accident.

Unfortunately, even if you know how to cycle at night with success, others may not take as much caution as you. For instance, motor vehicle operators may not be willing to share the road, thus increasing the likelihood of a crash.

If you're injured in a bike-car accident, don't wait to get medical assistance. Along with this, if possible, you'll want the local police to file a report. This can work in your favor as you attempt to recover compensation in the future.

Source: Active.com, "4 Tips for Cycling at Night," Ryan Wood, accessed Nov. 30, 2016

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