Motorcycle safety tips – riding at night
October 9th, 2009
Even with daylight savings time giving you an extra hour of riding time, you will most likely, at some point or another, commute via motorcycle during night-time hours. If you are any older than 25, than you have probably noticed that riding at night is not as fun as it used to be. And you are right. Riding at night is hard enough on your eyes when you are young, much less when you are older. You know how some people have said that “the eyes are the first to go”? Well, it is kind of true.
But, just because it is hard to see at night does not mean that you have no options when it comes to safety. There are still things that you can do to make yourself safer while riding at night, and if you follow some of these tips (or all of them), than you will increase your chances of “arriving alive” as they say.
First, make sure that your bike is clean. Before riding, scrub your headlight, tail lights, reflectors, all shiny surfaces, and windshield. If you increase the amount of reflective surface on your bike, than you increase the chances of another driver seeing you. It is hard enough to spot a motorcycle sometimes during the day, much less at night!
Also, make sure that your helmet is free of smudges and scratches. Scratches and cracks can distort images, and can make it hard for you to figure out just whether or not that car up ahead is really in your lane or if it just looks like it.
Also, if your bike is running an extra bright headlight, make sure that you dim your light for the other drivers. Bright headlights can blind the very people heading for you, and these are the people whom you really need to be seen by!