You know you’ve seen that rider and probably raised your eyebrow at the sight. She was riding tall, confidently and in a bright yellow reflective safety vest – what a statement! Perhaps the trend is worth more than an eyebrow raise, because we’ve all been “not seen” on the road and had some close, if not unfortunate calls with other motorists.
Many states and organization have launched campaigns focused on “seeing motorcycles” due to the fatality of this problem. Reason stated that car drivers often “don’t see” or “don’t register seeing” motorcyclists are; they are not familiar with the, so they just don’t think to look for them. Motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles which also contributes to them being missed, in addition to dimmer headlights or no daylight headlights.
Another reason is our dark bikes and clothing blending into the landscape. Before you swap your biker-chic black leather wardrobe out for a complete neon suit, consider just throwing a safety jacket on. In addition to turning on your headlights and practicing defensive driving, a brightly colored jacket can get the attention of those nonchalant motorists, which could save your life. We can all recall a time or two we surely didn’t miss a motorcyclists with a safety vest, perhaps that fact can be a cue they are on to something.
Icon’s new fall line of women’s gear included a safety vest that makes you think less construction worker more…cute vest! If safety is a concern of yours, it doesn’t have to be dull and ill-fitting with companies like Icon making it fun and sexy.