#2 - BE SEEN
Do you think that someone spotting you 1/2 a second can make a difference?
Well, if they're going at 60 mph, they will drive for about 100 ft in every 1/2 second.
See how that 1/2 second can make a big difference? That's why you always want to wear Hi-Vis, reflective gear.
Jackets, vests, helmets, pants, even gloves - anything that can make you stand out to other drivers/riders can make all the difference.
"Shut up, Lee - the cagers are the one who should pay more attention"
Yeah, I agree. Still, I won't take the risk to depend on others. Will you?
#3 - ONCOMING TRAFFIC BLINDNESS
That can be a REAL pain. A strong headlight can blind you for a split second - but, as we pointed before, even that can be very dangerous.
I don't know about you, but my eyes are really headlight-dumb. Like a moth to a flame, they tend to want to look directly into the oncoming lights.
So, my tip is - keep your eyes on the white/yellow lines.
#4 - DON'T RIDE FASTER THAN WHAT YOU CAN SEE
"But that's no fun, Lee", you might say. Well, to me, fun is going out and getting back safely.
The thing is - it's a lot harder to assess distances, curves, to see hazards that might be on the road, and so on.
#5 - DON'T RIDE WHEN TOO TIRED
I don't wanna sound like a broken record, but... same problem with the "half-a-second" example before.
If you're too tired, your brain functions at a slower pace. Not to mention sleeping on the motorcycle (yeah, trust me, that happens!) - which you DEFINITELY don't want to happen.
If you pay attention to all of those, your night rides should be a lot safer - and more fun, as well.
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