Dark mornings, dark evenings and dreary weather work against you when you ride your bike. Even in good daylight some motorists find it hard to spot motorbikes, you’re smaller, nimbler and motorists find it difficult to notice you in their mirrors. How do you increase your chances of being spotted? There are ways to get noticed on the road, try these ideas to make other motorists aware.
Wear fluorescent clothing – Get noticed wearing a fluorescent bib as you ride. You wear a reflective vest during training so why not keep this up after you pass your test? High visibility vests are fluorescent during the day and they have reflective strips which makes it easier for them to stand out at night.
Wear a brightly coloured helmet – Use a coloured helmet instead of a darker option, you could wear a high visibility helmet and really stand out in a crowd. Use any means possible to make your body more noticeable and pre-warn drivers you are on your way.
Ride a colourful bike – The colour of your bike can help you stand out as well. Opt for bright red or sunburst yellow for instance and you have more chance of being spotted by a driver due to your bike’s fetching colour scheme.
Use reflective strips on your bike – Fit reflective tape on the side of your tank, the front forks or around the rims of your bike to have better presence at night. The more you can ‘advertise’ your bike at night the better chance you have of being spotted in headlights.
Switch your lights on – In poor lighting always switch your bike’s lights on and keep them clean and free from grime. Make regular checks on your lights to establish they are working properly, if you find a bulb has blown replace it and keep your lights in perfect working order.
These are just a few of our ideas to get you noticed out on the road. Do you have any suggestions of your own?