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Being seen on your motorcycle

Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating and exciting. Once the air turns crisp, it is easy to look forward to long rides and fall colors.

Often, when there is a motorcycle accident, the other motorist claims they were not able to see the person on the bike. All drivers on the road have a responsibility to see and be seen. Everyone is safer when all motorists are doing their best to be visible.

Here’s how you can make sure other cars can see you while you are enjoying your motorcycle.

Wear reflective clothing

Driving at night can have its own challenges. Even if you can see well in the dark., other drivers may struggle seeing someone with a smaller vehicle.

In addition to maintaining all the lights on your motorcycle, wear bright or reflective clothing when you plan to be out at night. Bright clothing makes it easier for other traffic to see you, no matter where you are.

Avoid blind spots

Smaller than most other vehicles on the road, motorcycles can easily fit into a car’s blind spot. Unfortunately, drivers do not always check their blind spot for other vehicles before turning or changing lanes.

If you are passing another motorist, pay attention to where their blind spots are and move through them as quickly and safely as possible. Try not to linger directly to the side of another vehicle, especially near large trucks.

For the moments when you are in someone’s blind spot, try to pay attention to signs that they may try to change lanes. If they attempt to move and do not see you, you will want to be able to respond as soon as possible.

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