With the number of motorcycles on the road increasing in Philadelphia, the number of motorcycle accidents is increasing too. As a motorcycle rider, how can you prevent an accident? Experts say that increasing visibility is one of the biggest ways to preventing motorcycle accidents. Here's what you can do to increase your visibility and stay safe on the road.
Add Extra Lighting to Your Bike
You can always add auxiliary lighting to the front of your bike so that it is more visible to oncoming traffic. Not only will you be able to see better while riding at night, but it will make you more noticeable to other drivers at all hours. In fact, Honda did some research about the best way to add auxiliary lighting to your motorcycle. They found that if you arrange the lights to make a pattern that resembles a face, oncoming drivers will have a 10 to 20-percent increase in their ability to judge your distance.
Try Reflective Tape
Reflective tape is a great way to increase your nighttime visibility. Place it on somewhere prominent, like on the forks or along the edge of your pannier. You can also do a stripe around your rims to simulate LED lighting. Not only does this make you more visible, but it looks pretty cool.
Make a Fashion Statement
Bikers traditionally dress in dark colors, but those colors only serve to camouflage you. Most experts recommend that you dress in bright or light colors. Reflective safety vests are also a big help, especially at night. However, if you don't want to change your whole wardrobe, you can increase your visibility with small changes. Consider wearing a bright helmet or re-doing your bike with a colorful custom paint job. Avoid blending in with your surroundings, and you will reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
Consider Daytime Running Lights
On many motorcycles, daytime running lights are an optional feature. If you have a choice, have them installed. LED daytime running lights are the brightest, offering as much as 10 times more light than regular halogen bulbs. For bikes that don't have daytime running lights, use your headlights during daylight hours. You can even run your high beams if you feel that the standard headlamps aren't bright enough during the day.
Everything you do to increase your visibility reduces the risk of a motorcycle accident, and the financial loss or injuries that could come with it. Try some of these tips out and enjoy the open road!
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