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Conditions of
less light and
reduced visibility

Because it is more difficult to see when
there is less light, or when visibility is
reduced for other reasons, the risk of losing
control or being in a collision increases.
• When your ability to see clearly is
   decreased, reduce your speed and
   ride with caution. This will help you to
   avoid a hazard.
• Distances are more difficult to judge
   after dark than during daylight. To
   determine how far away an object
   is, our eyes rely on the contrast of
   shadows and light. These contrasts may
   be missing or distorted under artificial
   lights after dark. Continue to be aware
   of your distance from vehicles ahead
   and adjust your speed accordingly.
• Ride at a speed that allows you to
   stop easily within the distance your
   headlights illuminate. If you overdrive
   your headlights, you will not have time
   to adjust to hazards or obstructions in
   your path.
• On poorly lit roads, use your high beam
   headlights. This will allow you to see
   further ahead. Change to your low
   beam headlights before you are 150
   metres (492 ft) from the vehicle ahead,
   and 300 metres (984 ft) or more from
   oncoming vehicles.
• One way to gather information is to use
   the headlights of the vehicle ahead to
   extend your view of the road. Bouncing
   tail and headlights ahead can alert you
   to bumps or a rough road.

• Use caution when passing other
   vehicles after dark and when visibility
   is reduced.
• Be visible. Wear clothing and use
   materials that have reflective features,
   such as reflective tape. (If possible, buy
   a helmet with reflective material as part
   of its design.) Reflectors can be added
   to your motorcycle.

 • Keep your goggles, face shield and
   windshield clean. They should be
   replaced if they become too scratched.
   Use only clear untinted lenses at night.
• Always watch for animals, especially at
   dawn and dusk. Look for animals on
   or near the road. Scan the road and
   ditches far ahead for movement or the
   reflection from an animal’s eyes.
• Stay alert. If you are becoming tired,
   stop and rest.

When visibility is reduced due to rain,
fog, smoke, or dust, take the same
precautions you would when riding in
conditions of less light. Poor weather
combined with less light make reduced
visibility worse. Adjust your riding for the
conditions by reducing your speed.

Use your low beam headlights when
riding in fog. If you use high beam
headlights, the light will reflect off the fog
back to you and cause glare. This can also
occur with smoke, dust, rain and snow.


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