It's no secret that today's motorists have more distractions than ever before. From the range of displays, gauges, and gadgets on the dash to the omnipresent smartphone, it is all too common for people behind the wheel to lose focus on the road. While this poses a real danger for everyone on the road, it is especially hazardous for motorcyclists who are both more exposed and harder to notice. These three tips can help motorcyclists avoid collisions with distracted drivers.
Make Yourself More Visible
Nothing completes the look on a motorcycle like the classic black leather jacket, but it's not exactly the best way to get noticed by other vehicles. Consider the advantage of reflectors on the backsides of helmets or shoulders. For riding in bad weather where vision is even further diminished, rain jackets with bright colors can greatly improve a rider's visibility.
Make Your Bike More Visible
Most motorcycle manufacturers offer a range of after-market parts that can be used to customize a bike. These include high-wattage lights for both the headlight and taillights/brake lights of a motorcycle. An extra LED light or two on the back will reduce the chances of being rear-ended. Also, don't be afraid to keep the high-beams on when there isn't a steady stream of oncoming traffic.
Be Prepared, Be Aware
The best way motorcyclists can avoid distracted drivers is by not being distracted themselves. Judging the other vehicles on the road and noticing trouble develop before it becomes a problem is the best way to avoid it. Riders also need to be in full control of their bikes. Even experienced riders can benefit from riding classes focusing on the skills needed to stay safe and get the most out of every ride.
Town & Country Sports Center is a one-stop shop with everything you need to have fun chewing up miles of Michigan roads while minimizing risk. Our experienced staff of riders can help you whether you're looking to buy a new bike, service your current ride, or brush up on your skills. With over 40 years of experience as a family-owned dealership and gearhead destination, we know what our customers need. Stop by today to see what we can do for you.