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Night riding on your bike

You can never be careful enough on the streets, especially the bike riders at night. There are plenty of bad drivers out there, drunkards, suicidal animals and illegally parked vehicles at the side of the roads. To make things worse, the roads of Nepal are infested with frequent potholes and side lanes that converge from nowhere. While driving under such conditions at night, one must be real careful.

First of all, it is necessary that you’re bike is in proper order. Specially the lights, battery and brakes. Poor lighting can result in accidents.

Even when kept in good condition, the headlights of a bike do not illuminate much of the street. At most, proper vision is limited to a few meters in the front and sides. If you go too fast, you might not see a pothole, parked car or animal until it’s too late to prevent a collision.

Sticking to the centre of the road is more advisable. That’ll give you a better view of the road and enough room to sidestep an obstacle if any comes up.

 

Be gentle on the front brakes. Hitting the front brakes hard can cause the bike to dive forward and thus leave you with momentary reduction of vision.

When overtaking cars in the dark, flick full beam on as soon as you pass the driver’s door. This should help you see if there is anything on the road you’d want to avoid. Do it a lit bit late and you might not be able to see it.


Unless you’re sure of how far the next bend or junction is, you shouldn’t be overtaking at high speeds.

On very dark roads and in misty conditions, dipping from main beam from time to time can help a rider pick up on other vehicles in the area. Dipping also attracts the attention of others in the area and enhances safety.

It’s easy to take a wrong turn in the dark. Unless you’re sure of the road, slow down until you are certain.

Always try to anticipate. Observe the road, surroundings, sign boards, reflectors on the side of the road and any other clue and try to anticipate what lies ahead. Anticipating makes you more aware of the possibilities and thus a more cautious rider.

 
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