It’s up to all Florida drivers to share the road with motorcyclists by staying aware of our surroundings and giving riders plenty of room.
That having been said, it’s important for riders to do their part by ensuring that other drivers can easily see them when they’re on the road.
If you enjoy riding your bike around Clearwater and the Tampa Bay area, the following motorcycle visibility tips can help you ride safe.
- Stay out of blind spots. Be aware of where your bike is in relation to other people’s line of sight. Remember, if you can’t see the faces of other driver’s from your mirrors, there’s a good chance that they can’t see you.
- Consider avoiding a black motorcycle. This may be a deal breaker for some riders, but the fact remains that black motorcycles don’t stand out as well as most other bikes.
- Wear bright or reflective gear. Choose jackets, pants and other gear that stands out and increases your chances of being seen. There’s even some riding apparel that is only particularly reflective at night, giving riders some nice options for style as well.
- Use a headlight modulator. Headlight modulators allow your headlights to flicker intensely, increasing your visibility when you are riding in low light conditions. Just be sure that you are in compliance with the legal regulations in your area if you choose to use these devices.
Unfortunately, even the most responsible riding practices cannot guarantee that another driver’s irresponsible behavior won’t put you at risk. Be sure to give other vehicles plenty of room when you are on the road, and never assume that you know exactly what another driver is going to do next.
Have you been injured on your bike due to another person’s reckless driving? Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk now at 1-800-753-5203.
If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident while riding your bike, you may need the help of an injury attorney who can stand up for your rights.