As a motorcyclist, one of the most frustrating issues you deal with is drivers who don’t see you. You may regularly have to evade drivers who turn out in front of you or try to merge into you, even though you are reasonably using your right to the roadway.
There are some things that you can do to help yourself stand out. Doing those things might help you avoid a crash, preventing serious injuries and the risk of death. Here are three that you may want to consider.
- Brighten up your look
The first thing to consider is brightening up the way you look on your motorcycle. For example, if you have an all-black motorcycle and wear black gear, it’s much less likely that people will see you (especially at dawn, dusk or night).
It is better to wear brighter colors when you can. Opt for a bright green, orange, yellow or blue motorcycle. Choose a helmet that is white or another bright color. Use reflective gear to make sure light bounces off of you.
- Weave within your lane
You may have learned to drive within your lane but to make movement within that lane. Doing so can help you stand out more, as you will change your positioning and be more likely to appear in someone’s mirror or to capture attention from those looking over your direction. Just be careful not to weave in a dramatic or dangerous manner.
- Use your lights
Even if it’s the daytime, it is helpful for you to use the lights on your motorcycle. Lights reflect off of things and help capture attention, so they are helpful in making sure drivers see you even when they may not see exactly what you’re riding or your full form. This is particularly important when the lighting outside is dim.
These are three different things you can do to help yourself stand out as a motorcyclist. If you get hit, remember that you can take steps to hold the at-fault driver accountable and seek compensation for any financial losses that you’ve suffered as well as other damages.