Safety Advice from Our Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
High visibility can make the difference between life and death on the road, especially when you are riding your motorcycle down a highway. When other drivers cannot see you easily, they can mow you down before they and you know what’s happening. Therefore, increasing your visibility should be at the top of your priority list when riding a motorcycle. In case you do get in an accident and are injured, consult our motorcycle accident lawyers to explore your options for recovery.
Here are some tips on how to make yourself and your bike more visible.
- Buy a brightly colored motorcycle
Being much smaller than cars, motorcycles need to be as much visible as they can to avoid being hit. Riding a brightly colored bike increases your visibility exponentially. Drivers of cars, buses, and trucks will be able to see you from a mile away. You will catch their eyes even in the middle of heavy traffic. They will be able to see you even out of a corner of their eyes. The most visible colors on motorcycles are yellow, red, and orange.
- Wear a brightly colored jacket and helmet
If your motorcycle does not have bright colors, then you can compensate for it by wearing brightly colored clothes and helmet yourself. Go for a red, orange, or yellow jacket when riding your bike. Make sure that your helmet is also brightly colored. Do not worry if it doesn’t match the color of your motorcycle. Safety should always come first.
- Ride with your high beams on
Whether it’s day or night, ride with your high beams on. This way, the drivers of oncoming vehicles will see you from a long distance away. Don’t worry about upsetting other drivers. Your high beams will not blind anyone in the day and even if other drivers feel irritated at night, they won’t be mad enough to bump you off the road.
- Add auxiliary lights on the front and back
Adding auxiliary lights is a great way to increase the visibility of your motorcycle. Besides making your bike more visible, they provide additional light at night. The lights should be added to the front and back of the bike. A study by the Japanese motor company Honda found that using lights to create a pattern that resembles a human face on the front of a motorcycle increases the ability of the drivers of oncoming vehicles to accurately estimate the motorcycle’s distance by 10 percent and its speed by 20 percent.
- Use your motorcycle’s horn
Use the horn to announce your presence whenever you feel that other drivers are too busy to notice you. A quick “beep, beep” is usually enough to make them notice your presence. If a car is backing up against you, then you may need to give a much longer beep. If the car on your side is dangerously close to you, then a few long beeps should be enough to make the driver pull away.
- Stick reflective tape on your bike
Reflective tape offers a great way to increase the visibility of your motorcycle at night, as they can reflect light. The best places to stick the tapes are on the front of the fork. You can also stick them around the wheel rims. Not only will it make your bike more visible, but your bike will also look more cool.
- Signal with your brake light
Did you know you can use your brake lights to alert other drivers to your presence? If you think the car behind you is coming too close, rapidly tap your brakes several times. This will turn your brake light into a blinker and catch the driver’s eyes. He or she will get the message that he or she is getting too close.
Even with added visibility, you cannot rule out an accident 100% of the time. If you are injured or if your motorcycle is damaged, then talk to qualified motorcycle accident lawyers to file a claim.