It’s devastating to be involved in a motorcycle accident. Motorcyclists are not always to blame. In many cases, it’s other drivers who don’t see motorcyclists or who don’t give them enough space on the roads.
As a motorcyclist, it’s essential that you take steps to be seen more easily. While it’s not just your responsibility to keep yourself safe, taking some basic steps for better visibility can help make a crash less likely.
How can you make yourself more visible as a motorcyclist?
There are a few things you can do to make yourself more obvious on the roads. Some good ideas include:
- Wear bright colors
- Wear a reflective jacket
- Make your motorcycle louder
- Ride in groups
- Use your lights, especially when it’s dawn or dusk
How can drivers reduce the risk of a motorcycle crash?
For drivers, one of the most important things to remember is that a motorcyclist may be traveling faster than it appears. Due to the vehicle’s small size, it’s easy to underestimate its speed. If you see a motorcyclist heading your way, wait. Don’t pull out into the lane. You could help save a life by avoiding entering the motorcyclist’s path. The few extra seconds it will take to wait on them to pass you will be worth the sacrifice.
Another thing to do is to make sure you’re checking both ways twice before pulling out into traffic. Since motorcyclists take up less space, they’re easier to miss. Check twice before you drive, and you could help prevent a crash.
Motorcycle crashes are among the most devastating. Our website has more on what to do if you’re hit.