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        Are you cycling safe this winter?

        Don’t become 1 of the 34% of cyclists who are injured around dusk between 4pm and 8pm this winter. Here are The Specter Partnership Solicitor’s 5 top tips to keep you pedalling throughout the cold, icy months ahead…

        winter bike

        Regardless if you ride a bike or not, it is more difficult to see anything in the dark. Keep an extra careful eye out for potholes, pedestrians and icy patches. The normal rules apply in the winter as they do in the summer, namely don’t wear headphones at any time and don’t look directly at car headlights as they will temporarily blind you.

        Light up

        It is vital that whether it is day or night, that every bike should have working lights. It is also illegal to be on the road without lights and reflectors, so NEVER go without.

        Think about your route

        The calmer and quieter roads that you are familiar with from your Sunday afternoon rides or the back roads to the office on the daily commute are more prone to freezing as they are often not gritted and so it may be necessary to re-think the roads you take. In these situations, it may be safer to use a busier, main road.

        Layers, layers and possibly more layers

        Any cyclist will have wind and water proof gloves and a jacket at the top of their Christmas list this year. The key is to not overheat, which can happen surprisingly quickly, even in the freezing weather. All clothing should have various reflective banners to ensure you are clearly visible.

        Keep a careful eye on the condition of your bike

        It is easy to forget to service your bike, however this is a really important element for staying road safe this winter. The salty grit from the road can quickly mean your bike’s condition will deteriorate and so remember to regularly wash the chain, gears, brakes and wheels with fresh, clean water. This 5 minute job could save your bike this winter and your life!

        Stay vigilant

        Regardless if you ride a bike or not, it is more difficult to see anything in the dark. Keep an extra careful eye out for potholes, pedestrians and icy patches. The normal rules apply in the winter as they do in the summer, namely don’t wear headphones at any time and don’t look directly at car headlights as they will temporarily blind you.

        We hope these tips will help keep you safe this winter. Keep an eye out for further cycling tips from The Specter Partnership Solicitors.

        Written for The Specter Partnership by Gemma Ball