- Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time.
- Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night.
- Wear bright clothing.
- Use reflective strips or decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle.
- Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have.
- Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.
Dress for safety:
- Remember - there's nothing but clothing between you and the road.
- Wear a quality DOT- compliant helmet and eye protection
- Wear leather or other thick, protective clothing.
- Choose long sleeves and pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
Apply effective mental strategies:
- Constantly scan the road for changing conditions.
- Give yourself space and time to react to other motorists.
- Give other motorists time and space to react to you.
- Don't ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- Know and follow the rules of the road.
- Stick to the speed limit.
Use lane positioning to be seen:
- Ride in the part of a lane where you are most visible.
- Watch for turning vehicles.
- Signal your next move in advance.
- Avoid weaving between lanes.
- Lane splitting guidelines - CA only
Know your bike and how to use it:
- Get formal training* and take refresher courses.
- Call 800-446-9227 for the rider training location nearest you.
- Practice: develop your riding techniques before going into heavy traffic.
- Know how you and your bike will react in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds, and uneven surfaces.
- Visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to find the RiderCourse® near you.
Remember: Give yourself space. People driving cars often just don't see motorcycles. Even when drivers do see you, chances are they've never been on a bike and can't properly judge your speed.
If you drive a car: Tips for sharing the road
- Be especially watchful at intersections and when turning left.
- Use your turn signal and check your blind spot before changing lanes or turning.
- Remember that motorcycle riders deserve the same privileges as other roadway users.