How To Improve Visibility While Riding A Motorcycle
If you are a biker, you understand the importance of improving your visibility while on your motorcycle. Most crashes involving motorcycles occur because the drivers of the other vehicle say that they didn’t see the motorcycle and its rider. By being proactive and working on improving visibility, you can help improve your safety and making you more noticeable to the drivers.
- Dress to stand out – When you wear traditional colors, you blend into the landscaping. Wear bright colors to stand out. Choose hot pink, lime green, neon yellow, or orange for a jacket, shirt, or vest. Bright colors on your helmet can also help you be noticed.
- Use a modulator – If you use a modulator on your headlights and brake lights, you are going to have pulsating lights that will get you noticed by others.
- Use reflective tape – Reflective tape can make a big difference for night riding. The light of other vehicles will bounce off it, making you noticed. You can add reflective tape onto your motorcycle, such as the fenders and the windscreen top. You can put reflective tape on your clothing, such as along the pant legs or across your back and chest.
- Ride predictably – Always signal before changing directions or lanes, and don’t dart between vehicles or on the shoulder.
- Place yourself strategically – If you ride too close to the right, cars may try to pass you in your own lane. Get in the center of the lane so you are visible just like a car.
- Stay out of blind spots – Don’t hang out in blind spots. If you are passing, go on by the other vehicle.
- Make your bike stand out – Use a bright paint job or unique pattern or designs to make your bike stand out from its surroundings.
- Use care at intersections – Always be on the lookout at intersections and be prepared to drive defensively and get out of the way.
If a driver failed to notice you while you were riding your bike and you were injured in a crash, you should consult with a personal injury attorney. You may be able to recover compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. Call the Harlan Law Firm for a free case evaluation today.