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How can I keep safe while riding my motorcycle?

Motorcycles have as much right to the California road as any car, truck or van. However, the fact is due to their smaller size, motorcycles are also harder to see for many motorists than an ordinary automobile. A motorcycle rider's best bet to preventing a road accident is to make their bike as noticeable as possible to other drivers.

According to RideApart, motorcyclists should be aware of the blind spots of automobiles. While it is unlikely any vehicle can avoid driving into another vehicle's blind spot, recognizing blind spots is still crucial and any bike rider should try to get out of one safely at the first opportunity. If you are riding a motorcycle and need to pass, you should pass quickly, and when you pick a lane, take a position where you can be clearly seen by other vehicles.

If you are approaching a vehicle, tapping your horn can alert the driver that you are coming. Some drivers may be paying attention to their phones, so a horn can warn them to watch the road carefully as you approach. You could also use a horn tap when you approach a vehicle that is ready to pull out into traffic. A quick double tap of your horn should convey the proper message that you are coming and that you do not intend anything rude or belligerent.

You can also outfit your motorcycle with additional features that make it more visible. Pressing reflective tape onto your vehicle makes your bike more noticeable during nighttime rides. Reflective tape should be placed on spots that stick out from your lights, like the top of your windshield or pannier edges. You could also have your entire bike painted a bright color, as a bright red or yellow is more likely to attract the eye of a nearby motorist than a dark color. Also consider putting on a brightly colored jacket or a bright helmet.

Finally, motorcyclists can make good use of their bike lights to warn nearby automobiles. Tapping your brakes turns on your brake lights, which can warn vehicles that are too close behind you. You can also outfit your motorcycle with additional lights that can alert motorists to your presence. These auxiliary lights can emit illumination at various levels of intensity or can strobe while you put on the brakes.

This article is intended to inform readers about motorcycle road safety and is not to be taken as legal advice.

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