It may be hard to believe, what with the Indian summer we experienced only last week – but the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting (slightly!) colder, and it won’t be long until we’re turning back our clocks to enjoy an extra hour in bed. Yep – there’s no doubt about it – winter is on its way!
Although we may be lucky enough to have had a few more weeks of dry weather, it’s important that we don’t procrastinate, and instead prepare for whatever this winter may bring… whether that’s snow or showers.
Make the most of the mild weather now, enjoying those last walks and cycles… but also start thinking about:
Checking your lights
Everybody knows that when you’re cycling at night, you’ll need some lights: a steady or flashing, fixed white light on the front and a steady or flashing, fixed red light on the back, in fact. But in winter, these lights become even more vital, as the evenings get darker. Make sure that you regularly check both your lights are fully functioning, and don’t forget to turn them on when leaving work, heading off on a night out or just popping to the shops if the sun’s already setting. For more information on bike light regulations, click here.
Getting some reflective gear
Walking, running or cycling this winter? Get your hands on some reflective clothing to make sure you’re visible to every type of traffic. From helmets and gloves to vests and shoes, there are plenty of options out there. Take a look at this list if you need some inspiration.
Wrapping up warm
It may be unseasonably warm now, but this may be the perfect time to work out your winter wardrobe without being left in the cold when it comes! For some top tips on what to wear when heading outdoors for an active adventure, take a look at this handy interactive guide.
Preparing for repairing
We hope that you won’t need it– but when you’re cycling in wet weather, it’s better to have a tyre puncture repair kit and a pump with you than to be stuck pushing your bike home in the rain!
Walk the right way
It goes without saying that you should watch out when walking in the winter – and invest in some safe shoes if you feel particularly unsteady on your feet – even the smallest slippery patch can send you skidding, so take extra care. There will always be another bus or train, but there won’t be another you!
This is probably the most important point – and we’ve got a way to make your journeys even more exciting this month! Take a look at our ‘signs of winter’ checklist, and the next time you’re heading outside – with the kids, your partner, friends or on your own – see how many you can tick off!
How are you preparing for winter, despite the warm weather? And do your travel plans change around this time of year? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages, tweet using the hashtag #RDGinfo, or simply comment below!