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4 tips for bicycling in hot weather

Even though the Bay Area is notorious for its mild climate and wind, it can still get hot. A spell of heat in the 80s or 90s should not deter you from enjoying your bike. But you need to take the proper precautions to make sure you do not dehydrate or overheat. 

Riding during the summer may be more appealing than in the rain or extreme wind, but it has its own obstacles to overcome. Here are some cycling safety tips to deal with the high temperatures.

Prepare for a safe cycling season

Spring brings the beginning of cycling season. Unfortunately, this usually leads to an increase in collisions with motor vehicles and sometimes fatal accidents.

Proper preparation can aid in decreasing the chances of injury while out on the road. Here are a few things you should do to protect yourself this cycling season.

How accurate is bicyclist injury and fatality information?

California ranks just behind Florida and just ahead of Texas for the most bicyclist fatalities in the country. Given the great weather and the number of residents and visitors here, that is hardly surprising.

Yet, both the injury and fatality statistics can be misleading. Hospital records reveal that most bicycle crashes go unreported by law enforcement agencies.

6 Tips For Driving Safely on Wet Roads

Slick_city_streets_after_rain.jpgA short break in the rain has dried the roads a bit, but we have more coming by week's end. Whether you're driving biking or walking, use caution when commuting on wet roads.

See and be seen.

Make sure you headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights all work. If your windshield wipers leave streaks of dirt, replace them.

If a car next to you splashes through a puddle and covers your windshield, functional wipers will ensure you can clear off the gunk. Working lights help keep you visible. They also help you avoid a traffic ticket.

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