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    Donating member Richard D's Avatar
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    Don't leave your lights at home in Summer

    I left my front lights off this morning. With British Summer Time I leave in the light and get home well before dusk. It was a lovely morning, until I got to the other side of the downs when visability suddenly dropped dramatically as I ran into low lying fog. Despite having my rear lights on and wearing floro/reflective over jersey I was almost tail ended by a driver going too fast who had the cheek to tell cyclists shouldn't ride in fog... This and even thicker fog when I reached the main road meant I decide to climb up the other side of the downs and come into work above the fog rather than risking the main road without a front light.

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    Originally posted by Richard D
    I was almost tail ended by a driver going too fast who had the cheek to tell cyclists shouldn't ride in fog...
    Richard
    You do realise that it's your fault he can't drive according to the conditions.

    I wonder if he'd ever heard of the maxim "never drive faster than your lights"
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

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    I keep lights and reflectors on all my bikes at all times.

    Like Richard points out, you never know when you will need them.

    I often check to make sure the batteries are good too. Nya nya nya:dance:
    Mike

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    Donating member Richard D's Avatar
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    Originally posted by chewa


    You do realise that it's your fault he can't drive according to the conditions.
    That was the impression I got in between his expletives
    Currently riding an MTB with a split personality - commuting, touring, riding for the sake of riding, on or off road :)

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    Fog is not the only problem. Summer showers can limit a motorist's ability to see other vehicles and bicycles. Having your headlight(s) turned on makes you more visible to oncoming motorists and at intersections.
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