MAKING YOURSELF SEEN
It is very easy for motorcyclists to fall under the radar of
other vehicles while on the open road. You will hear drivers of cars
say 'I never saw them' after they have hit a rider. The easiest way
to avoid getting hit is to steer clear of the blind spots of the
other vehicles on the road and always keep enough distant to allow
yourself to react timely. You can accomplish this a couple of ways:
Make sure the drivers of the cars around are visible. You want
to make sure you can establish eye contact with them in their
mirrors. This will mean that you are in their line of site. If you
find yourself in a blind spot, do what you can to get out of it.
However, if you need to pass another vehicle, proceed with caution.
It is important that you create a large enough distance
between you and the vehicle in front of you. You need to give
yourself enough space sp that you can get around any trouble that
may come your way.
In the event that you are riding with a group of other riders,
make sure that you leave yourself with enough room around you and
ride in a staggered formation so that you can maximize your
Black motorcycles are nice, but they do tend to blend in with
the surroundings. To help yourself increase the odds of registering
in the peripheral vision of the other vehicles on the road, you
should look to ride a bike that is brighter in color like a yellow,
white, or even red one. Wearing bright reflective
protective gear will also help you get noticed. In addition, for
any gear that you wear, also choose light colors and try and find
those that are treated with a reflective finish. Reflective finishes
are especially great for night riding.
In the event that you do not own any reflective gear, you should
consider taping reflective tape it to your
helmet and saddlebags as well as any other section of your bike
that you think would be beneficial.
- Always use the proper
motorcycle hand signals when riding solo or with a group.
- If you find that the car behind you is too close, don't hesitate
to tap on your brakes and show them your brake lights. If tapping
the breaks does not increase the cushion space between the two of
you, then change lanes as quickly and safely as you can.
- Motorcycles are designed to run with headlights on at all times.
If you are not in a situation of blinding the oncoming traffic, turn
your high beams and add an additional level of visibility for
Utilizing headlight modulators will improve your visibility.
Headlight modulators are electronic components that allow lights to
flicker or pulse in concentration.
- Studies have concluded that it is simpler to judge the speed of a
vehicle that has two, spaced apart lights. The perspective shift
assists in defining depth perception.
- Running lights will not only make you more visible, it helps the
oncoming traffic calculate your speed, ultimately protecting your
from making unsafe left turns.
- Never be shy to use your horn. It is very common for motorists to
be distracted by loud stereos, etc. Using your horn can really make
difference between safety and an accident.
Tips for Being
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