It’s been a long winter for many states across America, but as we enter spring, people are starting to think about motorcycling again. While this may provide an efficient way to get around each day or just an outlet at the weekend, riding can be dangerous.
Bikes tend to be the smallest thing on the road, which makes them difficult to see. In a driver’s rearview mirror or from the great heights of commercial trucks, riders may go completely unnoticed. While there is no way to tackle the limits of the human eye, riders can take a number of measures to make themselves more visible.
Add more lighting
Lights are a great way to make yourself more visible as a rider, and it is generally a good idea to utilize them all the time. You also have the option to add additional lights to your bike or person. Generally, the more lights you have the more visible you will be to others. Helmet lights have become extremely popular in recent years, and while these come in aesthetically pleasing shapes and designs, they are also an excellent safety feature.
Think about the gear you wear
If you wear riding gear that is all black, then it goes without saying you are less likely to be seen, especially at nighttime. Helmets, gloves and other riding materials come in various shapes and sizes as well as colors. You may want to consider something brighter and more reflective. At the end of the day, your body is what another road user is going to be looking at in their rearview mirror, so you want to make this stands out as much as possible.
As a motorcyclist, you want to carefully consider your road position and how visible you are to others. Unfortunately, some accidents are unavoidable and if you have been hurt in a collision remember that you have legal rights.