Many riders, even those who have a few years under their belt are scared of riding their motorcycles at night. The good news is that you don’t have to be scared of riding your motorcycle at night if you avoid doing certain things.
It’s very unfortunate that a high number of accidents happen at night. In addition, your ability to see at night decreases with age. Unlike nocturnal animals, our eyes comprise of only 15% of receptors made for low light perception. The reason why you are blinded by car headlights is because our pupils are dilated at night and any intense light causes the receptors to go off at once.
Riders rely on their eyesight when riding at night and it makes sense to be extra cautious given that our vision is not so great at night.
Tips When Riding Your Motorcycle At Night
Don’t Look Directly Into Headlights
The glare you receive when riding your motorcycle and the one you receive when driving a car is very different and it may take you a while to get used to it. Avoid looking directly into bright lights because it causes temporary blindness. You may also think that your familiarity with certain parts of the road during the day will help you at night but you might be surprised how they get altered in darkness. If possible, use your high beam when there are no cars or traffic.
Don’t Use The Same Visor Day And Night
During the day, a dark tinted helmet is okay to wear when you are riding a motorcycle because there’s enough light during this time. However, if you know you will be caught up in a situation where you will have to ride at night, don’t wear the dark tinted helmet because it will reduce your perception. Make sure you carry an adaptive visor or a clear one.
A photochromatic visor darkens depending on the amount of light available and goes back to full clear at night.
Do Increase Your Visibility
Wearing black and riding a black motorcycle will not do much to make you visible to motorists and other riders at night. You should wear proper protective gear that will make you visible at night. Consider getting a jacket and pants with reflective stripes. You should also think about adding extra tail lights or lining your saddle bags, rear panels of tail trunks and your wheel rims with reflective tape.
Do Be Cautious Of Your Riding Tactics
When riding your motorcycle at night, you should slow down and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you so that you can get enough space for braking. You can also follow another vehicle and take advantage of the extra light.
Aside from using the extra lighting, you should observe when a vehicle’s lights bounce up and down so that you can get an idea of where the potholes are. Rather than using the front brakes, consider using engine breaking or rear braking to prevent your headlights from dipping towards you and to maximize the view of the road ahead of you.
Allow your eyes to adjust to low light level after leaving a bright spot and slow down when changing lanes to avoid exposing yourself to possible problems.
Don’t Indulge In Risky Behavior
You might find yourself getting teased by car drivers looking for a drag race, entertainment or just to show off to their friends. Remember that you are more vulnerable when riding on a motorcycle than when driving a car so engaging in risky behavior could be fatal to you.
Hiring A Motorcycle Accident Attorney
As much as you may take extra precautions to ensure that you don’t get into an accident, there’s always a slight chance that you might get involved in a motorcycle crash.
If you have been injured in a riding accident, seek medical attention first and contact a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. A motorcycle accident attorney can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence. They can also help you get the compensation that you deserve.
We have a team of experienced motorcycle accident attorneys and we are available to meet with you at the hospital, in your home or wherever is more convenient for you.
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