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Winter risks – Cycling accidents

bicycle accidents in the winterOver the past couple of weeks, we have focused on the dangers you may face this winter in relation to slips, trips and falls, and accidents at work. Now we turn to the third instalment in the series of articles detailing risks you may face this winter, whilst cycling.

 

Cycling in winter is a good way to exercise and enjoy some of the lovely winter scenery. The cold weather is likely to be the least of your worries as ice and snow on the roads can be treacherous and may lead to you losing control of your bicycle and sustaining personal injury.

 

Tyre treads are just as important on a bicycle as they are on a car. They help with grip on the road and maintaining control of the bike in dangerous weather conditions. It may be an idea to invest in a pair of winter tyres for your bicycle in the colder months. Winter tyres are generally more resistant to punctures and will prevent damage to your ordinary tyres when keeping you on your bike this winter.[1]

 

On top of maintaining tyres, it is important that you are visible to other road users. The best way to ensure visibility is to wear bright colours and reflective clothing/accessories. This will help drivers to see you as the day gets darker and can serve as an extra layer in the winter months. Further, it is a good idea to make sure that reflectors and lights are working effectively, to increase your visibility and help you see where you are going when the days get darker.

 

Snow and rain can disguise potholes and make them worse. Potholes can be a big problem for cyclists as well as pedestrians, and can cause injury to you and damage to your bike. To avoid any unexpected injuries due to a pothole accident it is advisable that you stick to treated routes this winter. Furthermore, fitting lights to your bike will help you to see any defects on the roads during the reduced daylight hours.

 

To keep the cold out and prevent any winter illness, appropriate clothing, that is windproof, thermal and waterproof should be worn. It may be tempting to throw on thick fleeces and waterproofs, but these will make you sweat under your clothes and make you feel cold and clammy.[2] It is better to invest in cycle-specific clothing to help keep the cold out. Clear or lightly tinted glasses may also help to protect your eyes from grit being sprayed into your eyes.[3]

 

We have over 28 years of experience in dealing with cycle accident claims. Many cyclists we represent are concerned about replacing their bike and returning to cycling after an accident, and so we use our extensive experience to help you claim for your injuries, your damaged bicycle and other damaged property. We also work closely with medical experts to get you the best treatment and get you back in the saddle as soon as possible.

 

If you have been involved in a cycle accident this winter, and need some advice, call our Freephone Helpline 0800 195 9590 to talk to one of our experts today.

 

[1] Road Cycling UK, ‘Buyer’s guide: winter tyres’ (Published 2nd November 2017) <https://roadcyclinguk.com/gear/buyers-guide-winter-tyres.html>

[2] Cycling Weekly, ‘Winter Cycling Survival Guide: 10 helpful tips to keep you riding’ (Published 9th October 2017) <http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/winter-cycling-survival-guide-10-tips-to-keep-you-riding-195700>

[3] Cycling Weekly, ‘Winter Cycling Survival Guide: 10 helpful tips to keep you riding’ (Published 9th October 2017) <http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/winter-cycling-survival-guide-10-tips-to-keep-you-riding-195700>