During the last few months, we have discussed how riders can take steps to prevent motorcycle accidents. More can be said about the importance of increasing your visibility to other motorists. This is perhaps one of the most important aspects of motorcycle safety, as motorists may have problems spotting you while riding. If you plan on riding this summer, these tips may help increase your visibility to other motorists.
Clothing: Bright clothing can help you stand out during the night and day. Helmets, jackets, gloves and pants are sold in bright colors. Some experienced riders may suggest neon-colored gear works best to achieve this goal.
Reflective tape: Reflective tape is most useful while riding at night, because it reflects headlights and taillights from other vehicles. Another benefit of reflective tape is that you can use it almost anywhere, including helmets, jackets, windscreens, and other pieces of clothing.
Buy a colorful motorcycle: This is similar to the idea we just described with clothing. Brightly colored motorcycles will stand out to other motorists.
Install auxiliary lights: Auxiliary lights can increase visibility, but there may be restrictions depending on where you plan to ride. There are also different types of auxiliary lights to choose from, such as halogen and LED. Please be sure to check that any auxiliary lights (or any lights in general) installed are in compliance with Louisiana state law. Also, ensure that your usage of these lights is in compliance with the law.
Never ride in blind spots: Never ride in the blind spots of other vehicles. If you cannot see motorists in their side mirrors, they cannot see you. Always use extra caution while passing other vehicles.
Staying Visible Can Prevent Motorcycle Accidents
According to the famous ‘Hurt Report’, a comprehensive NHTSA study on motorcycle accidents, poor rider visibility is a contributing cause of fatal crashes. In fact, vehicles turning left in front of motorcycles is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. By increasing your visibility, you may be able to reduce the chances of colliding with other vehicles.
The Louisiana personal injury attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat encourage everyone to ride safely this summer.