What can be done to improve visibility for two-wheelers?
Seeing and being seen are fundamental prerequisites for the safety of all road users. Inadequate visibility is an important factor that influences the risk of a road crash among all types of road user.
In highly-motorized countries, inadequate visibility plays an important role in three types of crash: — at night, vehicles that run into the rear or sides of slowly moving or stationary vehicles; — during the day, angled or head-on collisions; — at all times, rear-end collisions that occur in poor weather conditions.
So what can be done?
— ‘Daytime running lights’ are those used on the front of motorized vehicles (two-wheeler or four-wheeler) to improve visibility while travelling during daylight hours. Some countries have made the use of daytime running lights mandatory.
— Daytime running lights for motorized twowheelers have been shown to reduce visibility-related crashes in several countries by between 10% and 15%.
— A New Zealand study found that wearing white helmets and highly visible clothing would reduce visibility-related motorcycle collisions by 45%.
— Reflective vests used by riders of motorized two-wheelers can increase visibility. However, some reflective vests used in high-income countries may be inappropriate for many low-income and middle-income countries because of the differences in climate and cost. Brightly coloured clothing or accessories may be suitable alternatives.