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Should you wear high-visibility motorcycle clothing?

What do you normally wear when you take your motorcycle out on the weekend? A black leather jacket? A pair of jeans? Maybe a dark-colored helmet?

These are all very common types of gear, and many riders choose them. However, studies have shown that you would actually be far safer if you wore high-visibility clothing.

This means choosing bring colors, like green, yellow, red and orange. Many people choose fluorescent colors that stand out at any time of day. You may also want to consider jackets or vests that have reflective tape on them. These can catch headlights at night or during dusk and dawn hours — some of the most dangerous times to be on the road.

How much safer will you be if it is easier for other drivers to see you? One study says that motorcyclists see their accident risks drop by a full 37 percent when they choose high-visibility gear.

This does not necessarily mean you have to change your entire wardrobe to prepare. Many riders just buy high-visibility vests. They are light and easy to put on, and you can wear them right over your jacket. This way, you still get the physical toughness of the leather jacket, but you get the increased visibility of the vest. When you arrive at your destination, it is easy enough to just take the vest off and store it with your helmet, so you do not have to wear it all the time.

Naturally, no matter what you wear, you cannot avoid all accidents when other drivers make mistakes. Be sure you know what legal options you have if you suffer serious injuries.