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Can I ride a motorcycle safely at night?

For motorcyclists, few things are as harrowing as extended riding at nighttime. Riding a motorcycle is already dangerous enough under any circumstances, but when riding at night, the dangers become exponentially more treacherous. There are, however, steps one can take to increase your safety when riding at night.

One of the most obvious and important steps motorcyclists can take is to improve their visibility to other motorists. Properly adjust the headlights to provide maximum light to the road ahead. An improperly aimed headlamp means lower visibility, and may cost you valuable milliseconds of reaction time at the wrong moment.

Riders can also clean their headlights to ensure they are not hazed. Investing in some brighter aftermarket headlamps is a wise choice, and for those who want to really make sure that they are as visible as possible to other drivers, adding aftermarket auxiliary lights to your bike can greatly increase your visibility.

Night time can be dangerous for many other reasons. Drunk driving is especially prevalent at night, which can be a huge threat to a motorcyclist. Remember, if you spot someone driving erratically,keep them a safe distance in front of you to allow you to control your proximity to them and the danger they present.

Roads are typically less-traveled at night, especially once you are off the main thoroughfares. If you have a mechanical issue or an accident, it is good to have some supplies to make simple repairs yourself, or to signal other motorists that you are in distress.

Even for those who take precautions, accidents still occur. If you have been in an accident, you deserve to have your losses compensated fairly. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, you can seek a fair remedy while protecting your rights.

Source: RideApart, "How To Ride At Night," Wes Siler, accessed Nov. 24, 2016

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