Riding A Motorcycle In Low-Visibility Situations: 5 Tips To Ride Safe

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As the mercury drops, the visibility on road will also drop with it. Low visibility conditions can persist till spring, or even longer in dry and arid areas. When the visibility drops, it becomes increasingly riskier for two-wheeler riders and other motorists to ride safely on the road. But by following a few simple tips and techniques, you can ensure your safety. Here are 5 of those.  

1. Ride with The Sun 

Use the daylight to your advantage. Plan the motorcycle trip in such a manner that most of the ride happens under a good and clear sunny condition. During winters, the ideal time to start a trip is somewhere around 5:00 AM and ended a little after sunset. That way the temperature will be conducive to ride a bike, as well as the visibility will not jeopardize is your safety. in case you have to write a little bit longer, plan for the excess time by starting even earlier in the morning. starting early also gives you the additional advantage of avoiding the traffic that starts to build up around 8:00 AM and lasts as long as 12:00 noon.  

2. Make Yourself Visible 

A lot of the motor vehicle incidents involving two-wheeler riders could be easily avoided after two-wheeler riders make themselves more visible to other motorists on the road. In low lighting conditions or low clarity situations that exist on cloudy and foggy days, it becomes really challenging for car and truck drivers to spot a relatively smaller two-wheeler rider on the road with other traffic around him or her. So, do yourself a favor, and make yourself as bright and visible as possible. The simplest technique to do that is to invest in a brightly colored premium helmet along with other brightly colored riding gears such as a jacket and boots. On top of that, we also recommend using reflective tapes on the flat surfaces on the motorcycle so that other people can spot you from a distance.  

3. Account For Other’s Mistakes 

Winter is often the excuse for many people to drive under the influence of alcohol. while it is illegal, enforcing this it’s quite a challenge especially in small cities and towns where law enforcement officials are busy with other things. So instead of expecting other people to follow the rules and regulations come up do everything in your power to see say. Avoid vehicles that are getting very closely and get out of their way as safely as possible. improve your situational awareness and keep an eye out for vehicles riding irrationally. Since the road conditions are also not quite conducive for the tires to get a good grip, keep the speed within a manageable limit.  

4. Get A Helmet with Anti-Fogging Visors 

Everything boils down to the simple fact that if you can’t see the road, you can’t ride safely. To see the road clearly, you will need a helmet that does not fog up when the temperature drops. In most cases, that is not possible because most polycarbonate visors are prone to the problem of fogging when the temperature difference between the exterior of the helmet varies vastly with the interior of the helmet. Modern premium helmets that come with anti-fogging Pinlock® technology is the perfect choice for such conditions. If you don’t have a Pinlock® helmet yet, use a little bit of toothpaste on the inside of the visor and wipe it clean with a soft microfiber towel. This will prevent the helmet from fogging up.  

5. Use The Lights 

When riding in low visibility conditions, always keep the lights switched on so that other motorists can spot you from a distance. If the lighting condition on your bike is not up-to-date with modern standards, look for aftermarket options and install auxiliary lights which will improve your safety significantly and also help you see better at night. 

Summary: As the mercury drops, the visibility on road will also drop with it. Low visibility conditions can persist till spring, or even longer in dry and arid areas. When the visibility drops, it becomes increasingly riskier for two-wheeler riders and other motorists to ride safely on the road. But by following a few simple tips and techniques, you can ensure your safety. Here are 5 of those.