One of the keys to staying safe on the roads is visibility, and this applies particularly to motorcyclists. Not only do you need to be able to see what’s coming, but other drivers must be able to see you.
One of the most common excuses used when drivers run into motorcyclists is that they did not see them. How can you make yourself stand out as a motorcyclist?
The color of the bike
As well as considering what looks pleasing aesthetically, you may want to think about bright colors that can make you stand out. Drivers are much more likely to spot a bike that has bright colors and contrasts than one that is dark and monochrome.
If you’re purchasing something that is second-hand and darker in color, there are still ways to make it stand out. For a relatively low cost, you can place bright, reflective stickers on the frame so that you catch the attention of other road users. You can also apply these color principles to your helmet and other safety gear.
Awareness of blind spots
There are areas surrounding all vehicles which the driver is unable to see. These areas are typically referred to as blind spots. Motorcycles and smaller vehicles are especially exposed if they enter these areas. Having an increased awareness of where they are could help you to stay out of trouble. The locations directly behind another vehicle, and to the opposite side of the driver are particularly dangerous.
Making yourself stand out as a motorcyclist will go a long way to keeping you safe. Sadly, no matter how many preventative measures you take, the negligence of another road user can still harm you. If you’ve been seriously hurt in a collision, make sure you assess your options in terms of pursuing legal compensation.