Wearing reflectors and brighter colors can go a long way in helping other drivers to see you – in fact, safety advocates say the most effective way to be visible is to wear a fluorescent/reflective safety vest or jacket. The most visible color to the human eye is yellow, which is why it’s commonly used on signs and vehicles like school buses to maximize visibility.
If you suspect another driver doesn’t see you and is preparing to cut you off or pull into your path, don’t be shy about using your horn. Many riders also use engine noise to alert other drivers to their presence. Drivers may think we’re revving our engines to show off our bikes’ power, but at least they know we’re there.
As seasoned riders know, lingering in other vehicles’ blind spots can be extremely dangerous. Moving around within your lane can also help keep you in drivers’ mirrors and in their line of sight. Turn your headlight on, even when riding during the day. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, a motorcycle with its light on is twice as likely to be noticed by other drivers.
Give other drivers plenty of notice when you plan to change lanes by using your signals, even when you think no one else is around. Also, be sure you turn off your signals when you complete a maneuver, or a driver traveling near you may misunderstand your intentions.