Going out for a ride at night or commuting home late can be much more enjoyable than sitting in rush hour traffic. Once the sun goes down however, driving conditions completely change and require you to establish an even more visible presence on the road. There are several steps you can take to keep yourself safe while riding at night so that you can safely enjoy the open road.
When you are dealing with drivers who are used to looking for large, well-lit SUVs and other automobiles on the road, you can easily be overlooked. If a driver fails to see you ahead, he or she may be startled when they suddenly notice you and may swerve or veer in a way that endangers you and other drivers.
If your bike is not well lit you could also be cut off when an inattentive driver switches to your lane, possibly causing you to rear-end the vehicle and crash. No matter what kind of vehicles or drivers you encounter at night, one of the best things you can do to maximize your safety is to be as visible as possible.
To increase your bike’s visibility, invest in some bright clothing to wear at night. If you don’t like neon vests, buy a bright colored jacket or at least a jacket with reflective stripping on the back and sleeves. Find the brightest bulbs legally sold and outfit these for your headlight and brake lamp. Consider adding additional running lights to your bike on the front, back, and sides. You can also purchase reflective decals for your bike or helmet from any motorcycle shop.
Increasing your visibility maximizes your safety. Any preventative measures that you take could save you from a devastating collision in the future. For sound legal advice and assistance with motorcycle accidents and injury, please contact the experienced Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.