For a motorcyclist, one of the most unnerving experiences is when you're riding at night and facing oncoming traffic. A vehicle coming toward you keeps the high beams on. It's nearly blinding.
It's made even worse if you're outside of the city, riding on a dark road without a streetlight or a home to be seen. On top of that, many cars and trucks are higher than motorcycles, putting their lights right at eye level and making them appear even brighter than they would if you were in a similar vehicle.
In short, you can't see. You're traveling at 55 miles per hour, and you have no idea where the road goes or what might be in front of you. What should you do?
The key is to look at the white line on your right. The paint is bright and reflective, and you'll still be able to pick it out in your own lights. The line tracks the road perfectly, giving you an indication of when a corner or a curve may be coming up.
Moreover, looking down preserves your night vision since you don't stare right at those oncoming headlights. This makes it easier to adjust once the vehicle goes by.
Understanding what to do in that split second when a hazard presents itself is crucial to your safety. However, even understanding how to ride safely does not guarantee that another driver won't cause an accident or make a critical error. When this happens, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills and the other costs you face.