What to look out for ?
It is a fact that at night the number of dangers increases significantly. When the sun goes down, your vision decreases, but it is not only your vision that decreases, the vision of other road users around you also decreases.
It is therefore much more difficult to anticipate and plan your path and actions on the road. Other factors to be taken into account are the drop in temperature, passing animals, obstacles that are not sufficiently visible, drunk drivers and empty rural roads.
Tip 1: Make yourself visible
Equipping ourselves to be as visible as possible is a necessary and compulsory thing for us motorcyclists. Indeed, we only have one headlight and one rear light. Equipment that allows us to be seen in all circumstances must be worn at night as well as during the day to ensure optimal safety. By equipping yourself with retro-reflective elements, the motorcyclist can easily be seen from a fairly long distance. The stickers on the helmet are now compulsory as well as the wearing of a high visibility waistcoat. Retro-reflective armbands are also very useful to allow the biker to be visible at 360°.
In short, equipment to make yourself visible is very accessible, you can be visible at a lower cost. The equipment is generally very simple to install and this small investment is totally beneficial for your safety.
Tip 2 : Make your bike visible :
In addition to equipping yourself, it is also essential to equip your motorbike so that it too is as visible as possible. After equipping yourself, we can add the retro-reflective wheel strips that will provide excellent side visibility, decorative stickers for your motorbike. In addition, if you have luggage racks, there are many stickers that can be placed on them to warn other road users that your bike is wider than expected!
Tip 3 : Give yourself every chance to see well
In order to be able to see better, the motorcyclist must prepare his motorbike but also his equipment!
First of all, the windscreen, headlight glass and mirrors must be kept clean. In addition, attention must be paid to the traces of mist that may be present inside the headlights. A reduction in brightness of 50% can be avoided. The bulbs have a life of 3-4 years depending on the model, so it is important to remember to change them after a certain period of time.
The fog lamps must be functional in order to allow the motorcyclist to ride peacefully in any weather.
As far as the motorcyclist's equipment is concerned, it too must be the subject of some preparation beforehand.
First of all, it is important to ensure that the visor, mask or glasses are clean (avoid fingerprints etc.). The adjustment of the helmet to guarantee a correct angle of vision and a field of vision that allows for good anticipation is mandatory.
Tip 4 : Equip yourself against the cold
Note that the temperature on your thermometer will not be the same as the temperature you feel on your journey, so you will feel much colder when you are driving! And at night, even colder, it goes without saying.
When riding a motorbike, cold can cause several problems: loss of attention, reduced reaction time, being frozen, being slower, having pain...
To avoid all these problems, the rider should wear the right equipment.
Tip 5 : React well in the event of an incident
Here is the small "safety" point of this article. In addition to seeing and being seen, always anticipate, brake correctly by applying both brakes simultaneously or only the rear brake when necessary, and never block both wheels of your vehicle. To have a real safe driving, be in good physical and mental shape and obviously do not take the road under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Unfortunately, despite all the advice given, an accident can happen. Depending on the seriousness of the accident, it may be necessary to call for help. Liberty Rider has developed an application to notify the emergency services that the biker has fallen, in fact this application detects, geolocates and can directly contact the emergency services if the biker loses consciousness.