We don’t know if you’ve noticed yet, but the days are getting shorter. That means that a lot of you reading this will inevitably end up riding your e-scooters in the dark. For your own safety and the safety of those around you, it’s important to stay visible.
Low visibility and wet weather conditions are somewhat different to summer cruising. However, taking proper safety precautions will help keep you safe when riding at night.
Here at SoHo Scooters, safety always comes first. To get you prepared for the darker months ahead, we’ve thrown together this helpful guide to keep out of harm’s way on your nighttime rides:
Get Some Lights
One of the best (and most obvious) ways to make sure that you’re seen at night is to ensure your lights are turned on. If you’re shopping around for an e-scooter you intend to ride at night or through the winter, opting for something with front and rear lights is a good idea.
Kaabo’s Wolf Warrior is a great choice for night-time visibility. Featuring bright headlights, brake lights and LED lighting strips, this scooter ensures you’re noticed from all angles.
We understand that purchasing a new scooter for the winter season isn’t always an option. If this sounds like you, don’t worry. We have a solution!
There’s always the option of grabbing yourself an upgrade. Here, your current scooter is customised to fit your riding needs. So, why not consider fitting some extra lights for improved visibility? With colourful bulbs available, staying visible has never looked so good.
But, maybe you love your scooter just the way it is? Luckily for you, attachable lights such as the NiteRider Lumina 1800 are the perfect affordable alternative. Fitting them is simple. It’s as easy as clipping them on.
Invest in Reflective Gear
Reflective gear is designed to catch the light and illuminate you like a shooting star – whether that be other road users or pedestrians. This doesn’t mean you have to dress up as a builder and don a high-vis workman’s jacket, there are plenty of other options online if fluorescent yellow isn’t your colour. Just head to any sports store and you’re bound to find something that suits your style.
While we’re on the reflective hype train, let’s talk about reflective stickers. These generally come in white, yellow and orange and fit to your scooter just like — well, a sticker. If you get your hands on some, we recommend attaching them to your stem, mudguard, rims and the sides of your ride for some much improved visibility.
Plan Your Route
It gets dark outside and as with most things, when visibility is reduced the potential for hazards goes up. In those winter months, you need to concentrate on the road more than ever and you definitely don’t want your eyes glued to a GPS. By planning your route ahead of time, you can stick to the areas that you’re familiar with. This minimises any need to look at a screen.
Planning a route with good street lighting is another great idea. While having your own lights is important, streetlights make you extra visible. Unless you’re on the run from the law, visibility should be your best friend. While you’re busy planning your route, try avoiding areas with dodgy riding conditions. While potholes and pebbles are easily swerved in daylight, they can be hard to spot at night.
Found some nice smooth tarmac with bright streetlights? Now we’re talking!
Wear Your Helmet
We know you’ve all heard this one before. Just wear your helmet, alright? Even for short journeys and especially at night. It’s the golden rule of e-scooter riding!
Wearing a helmet is a lot like insurance. You might not ever need it, but when you do, you’ll be glad you have it. There are loads of great e-scooter helmets available on the market right now. Many of them come with fancy features from high visibility reflectors, to fully customisable light displays.
Just be safe and protect your noggins out there!
Conclusion: Brighter is Better
When riding your e-scooter at night, just remember this. Brighter is better.
If visibility is reduced, the risk for hazards goes up. As e-scooter riders, it’s important to keep this in mind. It’s our responsibility to make sure we’re visible to other road users.
Try to think ahead and stick to well-lit areas. You also need to make sure that you’re equipping the appropriate gear. Lights, reflectors, helmets, all of it! If it keeps you safe and makes you visible, it’s worth the purchase.
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