Riding a motorcycle at night can feel fun and exhilarating if you’re just going out for the enjoyment of the ride. During the hot days of the summer, it can also be a way to take advantage of the cooler temps; you’re going to get hot riding at noon in a leather jacket and a helmet. And, for those who use a motorcycle as their main means of transportation, night riding may just be unavoidable.
That said, night riding does come with its own challenges and accident risks. Here are five things you should know:
- Your lights need to be properly set up not just to make it easier for you to see, but so they make your bike as visible as possible to other drivers.
- It’s dangerous to drive when you’re tired or fatigued, so stay off of your bike when you feel this way.
- Never drink and ride. If you’re going to the bar, find a designated driver or hire a rideshare driver instead of taking your bike.
- Speed is especially dangerous at night. Slow down. You already have less reaction time because it’s dark, and excessive speed just cuts that even more.
- Defensive driving is the key to staying safe. Remember that other drivers may not see you, may not drive safely around you or may be intoxicated. A defensive driver works to see the hazards in advance, allowing them to keep their distance and avoid a crash.
If you do get involved in an accident, just make sure you’re aware of how you can seek out compensation.