Road Safety

Night riding presents extra challenges

Since riding conditions are more dangerous at night:

  • Reduce your speed.
  • Allow more distance when following to give yourself more time to react. Keep a following distance of at least four or five seconds.
  • Signal earlier, brake sooner, flash your brake lights.
  • Only pass when necessary.
  • Do not override your lights.
  • Stay alert – everything is more difficult to see at night – and stop if you are tired.
  • Keep your goggles, face shield and windshield clean and replace them if badly scratched. Don’t use tinted lenses.
  • Be sure you are visible. Clean your lights and reflectors. Wear bright/reflective clothing or add reflective tape to your clothing or vehicle.
  • Use your low beams in rain, fog, snow or smoke. Low beams illuminate the road directly in front of you; high beams may blind you by illuminating the rain, fog, snow or smoke in the air.
  • Special caution should be taken when braking under the following conditions:
  • slippery or rough road surface;
  • leaning into a turn; and
  • turned front wheel.
  • If you are in a line of traffic, first flash your brake lights to alert those behind you, then apply your brakes steadily.
  • Know what is behind you. Most vehicles cannot stop as quickly as you can. You must compensate for this by braking earlier and gradually.
  • Always leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle ahead.
  • Always use both brakes and apply them at the same time.
  • Never ride with the brake partly applied; it turns on your brake light, which confuses other drivers and causes premature brake wear.