As a motorcyclist, your safety on the road is paramount. One crucial aspect of this safety is your visibility to other road users. The more conspicuous you are, the less likely you are to encounter potential hazards.
It’s especially important to increase visibility when you’re near intersections. Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of injury at intersections because of their low profile. Consider these pointers before you head out on your next ride.
Choose your clothing carefully
Your choice of attire can significantly impact your visibility. Opt for bright colors and reflective gear, especially for your helmet and jacket. These are most likely to catch the eye of other road users. Reflective decals on your helmet or gear can also make a substantial difference, particularly in low-light conditions.
Make full use of your motorcycle’s lights. Always keep your low beam on during the day, and ensure your brake light is functioning correctly. Consider adding auxiliary lights for increased visibility. Additionally, using your high beam during daylight hours can also make you more noticeable, but remember to switch back to low beam when approaching oncoming traffic to avoid dazzling other drivers.
Pay attention to your position on the road
Be mindful of where you are in relation to other vehicles. Try to position yourself where you can be seen in a driver’s mirror and avoid lingering in blind spots. When approaching an intersection, moving slightly within your lane can make you more visible to other road users.
Let other drivers know what you’re doing
Always use your indicators well in advance when you plan to turn or change lanes. In situations where your indicators may not be clearly visible, don’t hesitate to use hand signals as well.
Add aftermarket safety gear
Just as with your gear, consider adding reflective tape or decals to your bike. LED light strips can also be a valuable addition, helping to outline the shape of your motorcycle in the dark.
Remember, increasing your visibility is about ensuring your safety. By making a few mindful choices and strategic adjustments, you can make your rides more enjoyable and, most importantly, safer. With that said, it is also important to remember that you can seek legal guidance if you are ever injured as a result of others’ actions. Unfortunately, even if you do everything possible to stay safe, others’ approaches can result in harm anyway.