Did you know that in the majority of accidents between motorcyclists and four-wheeled vehicles that the driver of the vehicle usually says that he or she did not see the motorcyclist? One of the best things you can do to ensure your safety on the road is to ensure that you are noticed by drivers. According to Cycle World, sound, clothing, the use of mirrors, and lights can go a long way toward making drivers of automobiles and trucks aware that you exist.
While many motorcyclists believe that a loud exhaust system should alert drivers to their presence, but often this is not the case. A better way is with a horn. Be aware of where your horn is and use it liberally.
Clothing also makes a big difference, particularly since many motorcyclists are married to the color black. While we also enjoyed “Rebel Without a Cause,” wearing all black on a motorcycle is actually the opposite of what you want to do if you wish to be noticed. Wearing bright colors is a better bet. After all, construction workers tend to dress in yellow and not black for a reason. Bright yellows, greens, and even pinks are a great idea.
Instead of driving directly behind the car in front of you, position yourself off to the side so you are reflected in the sideview mirror of the car. This will make you easier to see if the driver checks his or her mirrors.
Lights are also important. Newer models of bikes tend to come with headlamps that are on all of the time, but if your ride is older make sure to turn your lights on, even during the day.