Car drivers are used to driving defensively and looking out for other cars and trucks on the road to avoid a collision. Motorcyclists are not really on their radar so being visible is critical to your safety. The more ways you can attract the attention of car drivers, the less likely you will get in a collision. Continue reading to learn 7 ways to make your motorcycle more visible on the road.
Ride Bright Colored Motorcycle
Motorcycles aren’t the biggest automobiles, and due to the fact they can accelerate and decelerate quicker than a car, most drivers aren’t accustomed to their presence on the road. This makes them harder to see and benchmark their distance from you. Riding a dark colored motorcycle doesn’t help your cause and just inflames the issue. If you ride a brightly colored motorcycle, you are greatly increasing the chance you’ll be noticed on the road. Even if a driver catches your eye at the last minute, it can be the difference between life and death.
Wear Visible Safety Gear
Most motorcycle riders are just about as big as the bike they are riding, meaning making yourself visible to other drivers is a crucial part of your safety. Construction workers wear yellow or orange to stay visible when working in a high traffic area, so wearing something with high visibility will draw driver’s attention to you instantly. This is the easiest way to make yourself visually distinctive on the road and is also cheap. Invest in a quality jacket and helmet, especially if your motorcycle is dark in color. Its a lot easier to get yourself a few extra pieces of gear than multiple motorcycles.
Use Reflective Tape
Reflective tape is an important addition to your motorcycle, especially when riding at night. Putting pieces on the front of your forks and your wheel rims will act as an independent light source and make your motorcycle look larger than it really is. This is a really easy and affordable way to attract a driver’s attention when the sun goes down.
Stay Out Of Driver’s Blind Spots
They don’t call them blind spots for nothing. If you are riding your motorcycle in the blind spot of a driver, they won’t see you unless they turn their head back before making a lane change. But how many people really do that? A lot of drivers will only rely on their mirrors before making a lane switch, and you don’t want to catch yourself next to one of these people. Its impossible to avoid blind spots all together, so if you find yourself in one, make sure to pass swiftly and get into a position where you can be seen by all cars on the road.
Tap Your Brakes
Using your brake light as a blinker can catch the attention of a texting driver behind you too busy to pay attention to the road. Tapping your brakes rapidly also works great for tailgaters and can be used as a signal for your riding buddies to warn them of a dangerous road condition up ahead.
Use Your High Beams
Using your high beams can be a sure way to piss people off, but getting drivers to notice you is more important. Turning them on during the day shouldn’t upset anyone because they won’t be seen in the contrast of nighttime visibility.
Use Your Horn
Using your horn is a driver’s way of giving the middle finger (without actually giving the middle finger of course). It can be very useful to get the attention of a distracted driver and let them know you’re there. Its especially effective when caught in a blind spot of a driver who’s looking to make a lane change without noticing you. Giving a quick couple of beeps can save you from an accident.
Now that you’ve seen our list, let us know what you do to stay noticed on the road in the comments below.