Florida’s sunshine makes it a popular state for motorcyclists. However, because there are so many motorcyclists in our state, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that we also have the most motorcycle fatalities in the nation. Although motorcyclists account for only seven percent of Florida motorists, 19 percent of all fatal accidents involve a motorcycle.
The best way to ensure safety is through effective prevention. Here is a list of motorcycle safety tips. By increasing your visibility, you can significantly decrease a potential accident with another vehicle.
Keep these tips in mind:
- Use reflective tape. Reflective tape is a simple and effective way to make your bike more conspicuous when you ride at night. Add the tape to your wheel rims or any part of your bike that is absent from a clear light source.
- Consider a colorful bike. Dark motorcycles can be even more difficult to spot – consider a brightly colored bike to be more noticeable.
- Where high-visibility safety gear. Wearing high-visibility safety gear is an affordable way to increase visibility on the road. High-visibility colors like neon will instantly attract a driver’s attention and will alert them to your presence.
- Use your horn. Don’t forget to use your horn. It’s a great way to alert other drivers and prevent an accident.
- Avoid blind spots. There’s a reason blind spots are called blind spots! So make sure you pass other vehicles quickly and get out unseen areas.
- Add auxiliary lights. Adding extra lights to your bike goes a long way to increase your visibility. Statistically speaking, it can increase another driver’s ability to determine a motorcycle’s distance by 10 percent and its speed by 20 percent.
- Tap your brakes. Blink your taillights as a courtesy to other drivers; it checks you speed, and alerts other drivers to your presence.
- Use high beams. Using your high beams at day is a great way to stay noticed on the road. The contrast is not as stark as it is at night, so it won’t blind other motorists.
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