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Best tips for motorcycle rider visibility

If you ride a motorcycle, you know how free and easy it feels cruising along in the open air. However, given the number of cars and trucks that share the open road with you, defensive driving is a must. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has developed a process called "SEE," which stands for Search, Evaluate and Execute. In other words, be on the lookout for anything that could affect your safety and control as a biker, anticipate road conditions and the behavior of motorists, and be ready to make the right move, because you may have only a second to react to a potentially dangerous situation. Along with these recommendations, here are four useful tips to help you stay safe.

1. Wear high-visibility gear

Many bikers like to wear black from head to toe, but visibility should be your first priority, so be colorful. Visually speaking, you take up almost as much space as the motorcycle itself. Consider wearing a high-visibility helmet, vest or jacket in yellow, orange or lime green that will catch the attention of motorists.

2. Ride a colorful bike

Remember that motorcycles are much smaller than cars and trucks and can accelerate and decelerate faster, making bikes harder to see. A brightly colored motorcycle catches the eye. Even if you and that driver only share a split second of awareness, it can mean the difference between life and death.

3. Dress up your bike with reflective tape

Reflective tape helps you become more visible. Put it on the front of your forks and on any other part of your bike that is away from a light source - your panniers, for example. You might even consider putting reflective tape on the rims of your wheels, which makes a good side-on to a light source after dark, such as when you approach a lighted intersection.

4. Stay clear of blind spots

Almost every vehicle has at least a couple of blind spots, such as the columns that separate the front and back doors of a sedan. While you will not be able to avoid these spots completely, pass beyond them as quickly as you can, then position yourself in a place where motorists can see you easily.

Making good decisions

As a motorcycle rider, you can never afford to be complacent. Do not exceed your skill set, and always be prepared for the unexpected. If you should become involved in a crash, you can turn to a professional for help. This is a stressful time and you will probably have many questions and concerns. Let an attorney experienced with personal injury and vehicle damage claims provide you with the assistance you need.

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