Riding a motorcycle under bright sunlight
Warm and sunny days with clear roads tempt motorcyclists to go riding. The sun hovers longer in the sky, offering more daylight for taking a ride. The sun is in your eyes and everyone else’s too. The fact is that many drivers can hardly see a motorcycle on the road and you may become invisible to them!
Tips for seeing when riding into the sun
Drivers in cars and trucks have an easier time dealing with low sunlight since their vehicles are equipped with sun visors. Here are some tips to protect your vision.
- If you wear prescription glasses, add a pair of tilting clip-on sunglasses and use as needed.
- If you don’t need prescription glasses, wear a pair of gradient-tinted or regular sunglasses.
Tips for being seen by other road users
With so many vehicles these days equipped with daytime running lights, a single low beam motorcycle headlight is not very noticeable to a driver with the sun in their eyes. Here are some tips to ensure you’re seen by other drivers.
- Wear a reflective or bright clothes
- Wear a bright-colored rain jacket
- Wear a colorful helmet
Low sunlight compounds the usual problems that motorcycle riders face being a small vehicle in the traffic mix. Beyond doing everything you can to make yourself more conspicuous, remain vigilant in scanning for driver behavior that might indicate they don’t see you. Maintain as large a space cushion as possible. Think like you are invisible to other road users and be prepared for them to do the unexpected.
For more details about the protection of a motorcycle on the road, feel free to visit the motorcycle insurance page of DirectAsia.