Mother Nature’s Got Jokes. It sometimes feels like she listens to the weather forecast and then changes it just to keep us on our toes.
We know you are careful on your bike, but before heading out for a ride, please keep top of mind:
If your best option is to pull off the road under shelter or an overpass:
Sometimes continuing on is the only or best option. In this case, remember how easy it is for other vehicles to overlook you in blinding rain, heck even cars can be difficult to see, so use all your super powers to continue on until there’s a safe spot to stop.
Are you a little bit psychic?
As a biker it’s almost necessary. Think about it, you’re in the middle lane of the expressway and there is traffic on both sides, up ahead you see the entrance ramp with a fully loaded dump truck slowly merging onto the highway.
As a biker it’s good to stand out in a crowd! What we mean by that is – too frequently, drivers pull out in front of motorcycles (usually while turning left) and end up causing serious or even deadly accidents, simply because they never saw the man (or woman) on the motorcycle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 40% of two-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles happen when a car turns left and the motorcycle is going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle.
There are simple ways to make yourself seen on roads full of distractions.
Note: Even among law enforcement, the flickering nature of a legal headlight modulator is sometimes confused with the illegal use of a flashing “wig wag” light used by emergency vehicles.
Between sunrise and sunset, you may use a headlight modulator to vary either the upper beam or the lower beam from its maximum intensity to a lower intensity, under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 571.108.
Just like with real estate, location means everything. Here we mean visibility and maneuverability.
If you can lose a big truck in your blind spot on the expressway, think how easy it is for a driver going 75 MPH to not see you on your bike.