Motorcyclists in Michigan have largely put their rides away for the winter, with only a minority tackling the elements from December to March. Now, the weather is showing signs of changing, meaning that keen motorcyclists will be hitting the roads again.
If you’re in this situation, you might be feeling a little apprehensive about getting back to it. How can you keep yourself safe?
One of the most important aspects of driving safety is visibility. You need to be able to see other road users and they must be able to see you. Is there anything you can do to make your motorcycle more visible?
Keep blind spots in mind
All vehicles have blind spots. These are areas around the motor that the driver cannot see. The blind spots in larger vehicles are more extensive, and the smaller a vehicle is, the more danger they are in. Motorcycles are narrow, which makes them difficult to lock eyes on. You always need to be aware of this as you make your way around on two wheels. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles and if you have to overtake, make sure you do it on the left-hand side, as the driver is much more likely to see you.
A matching color scheme of black between your bike, helmet and leathers might look the part, but does it enhance your safety? Black is notorious for being more difficult to see, especially at night time. For reasons of personal safety, you might want to consider something bright and more reflective. Bright greens, yellows and oranges are all advisable, as they will reflect the light around you. If you feel like your gear is not reflective enough, you can always attach extra stickers to your bike, helmet and other equipment.
Outlined above are just some tips to make yourself more visible. Looking into the subject further will benefit you greatly. If you have been hurt because of someone else’s driving, make sure you assess your legal options.