On motorbikes, at night, the risk of accidents increases considerably. Here are some rules to follow to increase your safety on two wheels despite severe driving conditions.
The important thing: to see and be seen!
See well on a motorcycle at night
Well tuned motorcycle headlights
The adjustment of the lights and probably the most critical measure to avoid accidents due to lack of visibility at night. It is, nevertheless, a quick and simple step. Discover the steps to follow to adjust your motorcycle headlights properly.
Clean headlights for your safety
Be aware that a lighthouse containing dirt, tracks, and dust is equivalent to a significant loss of brightness and an increased risk of dazzling other drivers.
Cleaning is therefore essential, especially on long journeys, in rainy weather and summer. It is therefore advisable to always take a cloth or paper towels with you and clean your headlights regularly. Traces of moisture and grease should also be removed from the bulbs always with a cloth.
Clean your helmet screen
The helmet screen must also be perfectly clean and free of any scratches. Tinted helmet screens are strongly discouraged because of the reduction in brightness they induce. If you want to ride both at night and in sunny weather, the ideal is to wear sunglasses or opt for a helmet with a double sunscreen folding. If the helmet is equipped with an anti-fog (pin-lock) system, a yellow dual screen will provide better contrast.
Being seen on a motorcycle at night: the equipment
Effective bulbs to better illuminate
Individual lights such as long-range or fog lights can be added to allow other drivers to see you more easily. You can have a more efficient bulb but beware of the many pitfalls. Blue lamps or those bearing the words “all day” or “all-weather” are not necessarily reliable. You can opt for a more powerful 100-watt light, but you have to be careful not to disturb other road users.
The yellow vest: required
Although the wind deforms it, the yellow vest ensures that you are visible to other distant drivers. Note that it is mandatory. In the same category, you can opt for jumpers or a retroreflective harness. Make sure that the equipment chosen complies with European standards.
The reflective net
Each part of your equipment must be equipped with reflective nets, from the helmet to the shoes to the clothes.
Reflex reflectors and reflective stickers
These two options make it possible to do without the equipment to put on. Reflex reflectors are sold in specialized stores for a pittance. They can be round or triangular and stand at the back and sides of the bike.