If you read Lee Parks’ Skills column in the Jan/Feb issue of Motorcycle magazine, then you’re well aware of some of the statistics that revolve around motorcycle-related accidents. The causes usually stem from the fact that drivers are too careless. However, another factor that sometimes leads to crashes or even fatalities is that motorcyclists aren’t visible enough on the road. Since there isn’t a law that forces car and truck drivers to undergo a training program to help them better accommodate us on the road, the task inevitably falls on us to protect ourselves. But we’re not alone. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has posted a new tip sheet and public service announcement that can help motorcyclists become more visible while on the go. Entitled “Pretend You Are Invisible,” the basic gist of the announcement is to assume that others on the road can’t see you. With that mindset, the MSF believes that riders will adopt a hyper-awareness, which will in turn make them more aware of their surroundings and help the rider not only ride defensively but more responsibly.
Some of the tips that the MSF suggests is to wear high-viz outfits. Adaptiv Technologies‘ GlowRider vest is a perfect example. Check out the review in the upcoming issue of Motorcycle magazine, out March 11.
To download the MSF’s Safety Tips section, click here.
The MSF Quick Tips collection also includes the following chapters: