All too often, motorcyclists are struck because they go unnoticed by other motorists. Although it is easy for riders to slip under radar, there are several things that you can do to maximize your visibility on the road. Here are 6 great ways to stay visible while riding:
Stay Out of the Blind Spot of Other Vehicles
As obvious it may be, staying out of the blinds spots of other vehicles is one of the best ways to ensure that you’re visible to others. If you cannot see other drivers through eye contact or in their mirrors, it’s likely that you aren’t in their line of sight. Make sure that you can see all of the drivers around you.
Use Hand Signals
In addition to using your bike’s turn signals when making a turn, signaling with your arm can effectively increase your visibility on the road. Always signal with your hand before making a turn; never take your hands off the handlebars when making a turn.
Wear Bright or Reflective Gear
Wearing bright or reflective gear is a great way to ensure that you’re visible to other motorists. If you’re concerned about riding in style, wearing apparel with reflective finish that is only visible at night will address both your style and safety needs.
Use Reflective Tape
Reflective tape is a good alternative to bright or reflective clothing. It can be applied to anything from your helmet to saddlebags.
Lightly Tap Your Brakes
If you’re being tailgated by a car and don’t have enough space to safely maneuver, you can caution the tailgater with your brake lights by lightly tapping on your brakes.
Use Your High Beams When Appropriate
Turning on your high beam headlights can provide extra visibility. However, avoid using your high beams at night if you have high-intensity discharge bulbs or are aimed directly at oncoming traffic.