Despite the fact that lampposts, vehicle front head lamps, and other man-made lights brighten up the dark-filled night, the probability of encountering road accidents is higher during this point in time. Accidents may happen at daylight, yet drivers can still evade that possibility because of their excellent driving decisions. The fact that brightness coming from the sun makes driving reliable tells the exact opposite of the situation during the night.
Driving decisions at nighttime are quite restrained, mainly because of the semi-dim surroundings. The convenience of man-made lightings from lampposts and headlamps may help. Yet at some point in time, motorists may not be very well aware of other cars and vehicles surrounding them. Two-wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles can become targets of mishaps because of this. Drivers can become visible during the day for other motorists, but not always during the night.
Motorcycles users have their advantages. They can prudently swerve through traffic without getting harmed. They can make their presences felt to other motorists through their defensive driving skills. Obviously, they are deemed as a motor vehicle, so it is a necessity for these riders to exercise proper traffic regulations and laws designed for them.
The use of the motorcycle, however, can be dangerous in itself. The unenclosed and the two-wheeled feature of the vehicle can put the users into serious risk, especially if there is no helmet or any protective gear worn to protect their bodies. Also, night driving can be risky for them, too. They may not exercise their ability to make their presence felt on the road. Yet they have the ability to do so through the use of illumined protective gear.
While motorcycles have their own features that will help other motorists notice them especially during the night, e.g. rear brake lights and luminescent stickers; the riders themselves must also have them in their protective gear. Retro-reflective material placed in helmets and protective gear (especially at the back) is used for the purpose of night driving.
Also, it is important for motorcycle drivers to avoid “blind spots”. “Blind spots” are the left and right parts of the rear vehicle where drivers are most likely to not see incoming vehicles, especially motorcycles. With that, motorcycle drivers must prevent tailgating, or getting too close to the vehicle. Sudden breaks from the vehicle may cause rear-end accidents.
Night driving can be dangerous if proper safety is not applied. Personal injury claims may pile up every single day, so becoming vigilant and defensive in driving a motorcycle is important, both day and night.