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Orange Reflective Triangle Review

Religious zealots like me once believed Bill Gates to be the anti-Christ.  Of course we were wrong.  It’s pretty obvious now that it is either Steve Jobs or the guy who invented Blackberries. Riding your bike on the road has become exceedingly dangerous due to the increased number of people driving and playing with their Smart phones.  Attracting the attention of drivers in the past has been as easy as wearing a garish jersey.  Those days my friend, are over.  Wearing a garish jersey today may only prompt more texting, or worst yet, a quick picture from their camera phone and a post on Facebook as they, hopefully, pass you.

Hence a resurgence in an old method of attracting attention; the orange reflective triangle.  Once the staple of touring bikes, farm equipment and Amish buggies, this safety device is making a huge comeback, and with good reason.  A test by Car and Driver magazine last year compared texting and driving with driving impaired.  The results are clear (although they only used two test subjects), texting and reading texts slows reaction time more than driving impaired (0.08 percent blood-alcohol content).  In an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, Times technology journalist Matt Richtel tells of research showing that talking on cell phones impairs a driver much more than talking to a passenger. As he explains it, a passenger serves as an extra pair of eyes in the car and can even improve safety, whereas a person on the other side of a phone conversation is purely a distraction.

Test are pending regarding the efficacy of orange reflective triangle versus garish jerseys and many may play it safe by using both until the verdict is in.  The bottom line is to make yourself as visible as possible and do not assume drivers are driving.

Just my opinion, Jack

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