The only folks on motorcycles I’ve almost hit while driving a car were wearing dull-colored riding gear.
Obviously, I’m not suggesting this is scientific, but I am making a point that folks can’t see you so well if your gear isn’t very bright. And what’s up with camouflage-colored stuff a few of you are wearing?
That’s about as stupid as stupid gets.
Hurt found that motorists’ failure to recognize and detect motorcyclists was a leading cause of multi-vehicle accidents.1
Reading this changed the way I ride. Now, I assume motorists have a hard time seeing me and judging my speed and distance.
It’s your responsibility to be seen.
Have you ever pulled out in front of a motorcycle when you were in a car? I have many times, not because I have a thing against motorcycles, but because I didn’t see them or misjudged their speed.
I’m betting you have too.
I almost hit a guy on a motorcycle the other day because I didn’t see him. He blended in perfectly with his hunting gear.
Is that the look he was after?
There’s a reason folks doing road work wear hi-vis yellow shirts.
So motorists will see them!
* A portion of this article is an excerpt from my book Motorcycle Hacks.