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RIDER CONSPICUITY

Make Yourself More Noticeable

It’s good to be noticed, particularly if you are riding a motorcycle. Too often, motorists pull out in front of motorcycles, usually to make a left turn, and cause deadly crashes, just because they don’t see them. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), In 2021, out of total two-vehicle fatal crashes each involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle, 43 percent occurred when other vehicles were turning left while the motorcycles were going straight, passing or overtaking other vehicles.

Keeping the roadway safe for all users is the responsibility of both motorists and motorcyclists- everyone can do their part. Motorcyclists should make sure they can be seen in a crowd, because riders who are visible or “conspicuous are less likely to have their right-of-way violated.

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Make Yourself More Visible

Keeping the roadway safe for all users is the responsibility of both motorists and motorcyclists— everyone can do their part. Motorcyclists should make sure they can be seen in a crowd, because riders who are visible or “conspicuous” are less likely to have their right-of-way violated. Brands are constantly updating their product with more stylish and budget-friendly options; be sure to check out your favorite gear store’s latest offerings! 

How to make Yourself More Visible:

  • Swap your OEM headlights for LEDsUpgrading your motorcycle’s OEM headlights to LEDs enhances visibility, providing a brighter and more focused illumination for improved safety on the road. It’s an inexpensive way to be more visible to other drivers and it won’t alter the overall look of your bike!
  • Equip your bike with an FDOT-approved headlight modulator – Modulators draw attention by altering the frequency of your headlight beam, which makes it appear to get intermittently brighter and dimmer.
  • Add reflectors or reflective tape to your bike – Custom reflectors are available for most motorcycles and can be added without sacrificing appearance. Reflective tape on saddlebags and panniers glows bright white when hit by headlights. Some “stealth” tapes are designed to be almost invisible during the day, yet appear white at night.
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There are easy ways to make yourself and your ride visible:

USE REFLECTIVE STICKERS ON YOUR HELMET

Stickers can make the highest part on your bike—your head—more conspicuous and help ensure that other motorists will spot you.

WEAR A BRIGHT COLORED HELMET

Consider wearing a brightly-colored helmet – from white to safety orange, helmets are available in a variety of colors and styles that make your head—and you—easier to see.

WEAR A REFLECTIVE VEST

Wear a reflective vest – vests are available in many styles in addition to the standard orange and yellow mesh vests familiar to most riders.

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WEAR BRIGHT ACCESSORIES

Choose accessories that are more visible – Light- or bright- colored boots, gloves, or a Ride Smart Florida reflective armband shirts will make you stand out on the street!

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WEAR A REFLECTIVE JACKET

Wear a jacket with reflective patches or tape – many jackets are available with stripes and patches that are reflective at night to increase your visibility.

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ADD REFLECTIVE PATCHES

Add reflective patches to dark colored jackets – Embroidered patches are available in a variety of styles to help bikers be seen at night. If your jacket is solid black or another dark color, consider adding reflective patches.