DURING winter you’ll be up against less hours of daylight, increased cloud cover and visibility problems caused by mist, fog and rain, so it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re visible.
Car drivers will have their own problems with visibility too, thanks to misted up windows and when it gets really cold, there are plenty of dickheads out there who can only be bothered to scrape just enough ice/snow off their windscreens to see straight ahead, let alone see you.
Increase your visibility by investing in some winter riding kit that’s not completely black – jackets with fluorescent and reflective panels will help mark you out.
To help maximize your chances of being seen, hi-viz is the way to go and if you’re deeply averse to donning a flouro jacket and helmet on the grounds that it’ll make you look uncool, winter is the time to accept that the benefit provided is probably worth it (and anyway, no one thinks you’re cool).
Your road positioning can also help when it comes to seeing and being seen so don’t sit too close the vehicle in front of you, instead position yourself so your front light can be easily noticed by the driver in front, don’t ride in the gutter, position yourself so that you can see through corners and use the space available in your lane to your advantage – moving around will make you more noticeable, give you better visibility and will signal your intentions to other road users.
Finally, if you’re the kind of rider who religiously uses a tinted visor, try using a clear one, or at least carry one with you. Get a pinlock insert too – they’re a godsend in winter and will prevent your visor fogging up thanks to your cold breath and the rain/moisture outside.