less light and
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
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
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
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 animals 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.