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How can I ensure drivers see me as a motorcyclist?

One of the best ways to stay safe on a motorcycle is ensuring that other motorists can see you. Motorcycles have maneuverability advantages in terms of staying safe on the road; however,if a large vehicle does not see you, this is very dangerous.

Simply being visible can make all the difference. According to Ride Apart, you should choose the highest visibility safety gear you can find, and make ample use of your lights and horn while driving.

What should I look for with safety gear?

Classically, motorcyclists wear black. Of course, when it comes to being noticeable, black is probably the worst possible color choice. This is why many gear providers produce lines of helmets and jackets that are in bright colors like electric yellow, lime green or hot pink.

Choosing bright colors is the first step toward being as visible as possible. People are going to notice a motorcyclist dressed in electric ice blue before they will notice one dressed all in black.

How can I use my lights and horn to help make me visible?

Particularly if you need to slow down suddenly, make sure that you tap your brakes a few times to alert the car behind you. This is a very good idea if you are coming up on something unexpected, like a traffic jam. Your brake lights can help the driver behind you notice you exist and make sure that they stop in time.

It is also a good idea to drive with your high-beam lights on, even during the day. Particularly if you combine this with driving behind the side-view mirror of the driver in front of you, it is more likely that he or she will notice you.

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