3 TIPS TO SAFELY DRIVE A QUAD BIKE AT NIGHT
Driving a quad, a buggy, or an all-terrain vehicle is generally considered a daytime activity. However, no one is going to stop you if you need to or want to ride at night time. However, you have to make sure that you prepare yourself for riskier road conditions brought about by the dark.
To safely enjoy an evening ride, you have to follow a number of tips for riding a bike at night, including the following:
1. Light it up.
Make sure you have enough light to manoeuvre through the darkness. Do not depend on street lamps as you never know when one might be turned off or malfunctioning. Plus, these lights will not just be for your benefit but also for others sharing the road to see you.
When you drive a road legal off-road buggy at night, you should at least have a handlebar light, a helmet light, and a rear light. Choose lights that are bright with high lumens and also make sure that they have good battery life.
The handlebar light will light up the road in front of you so you can see where you are going. Plus, it makes you visible to other vehicles approaching you. Your lights should signal to oncoming traffic that something is approaching them and that they need to steer clear of your path. When driving at night, do not use flash mode and always point on your handlebar light at the ground, approximately twenty feet in front of you. Flashing lights and overly bright lights that shine directly on other drivers’ faces pose huge dangers for you and others on the road.
The rear light makes you visible from behind. This ensures that the traffic behind is aware that someone is ahead of them and prevents anyone from crashing into you.
The helmet light gives your field of vision better illumination. With ample light, you can see better when you need to make a turn in the dark and if you need to take a better look at something on the road.
Only ride your quads or buggy at night if your lights have enough power and battery life. If you are going to use USB-rechargeable lights, you have to bring an extra battery-powered light. The backup light is necessary because these have relatively short battery life. Recharge your lights daily so that you always have a fully charged light just in case the need arises.
You can also place reflective tape on surfaces to make yourself more visible. Paste them on bags, helmets, and other places on yourself and your bike to increase your visibility.
2. Wear the right clothing and gears.
Visibility is always a priority when riding at night. So, in addition to lights, make sure you wear reflective clothing. There are reflective clothes that provide both visibility and warmth, which is very important particularly on cold nights.
Don’t forget to wear something to protect your eyes from the wind or other debris from the road that can get in the way of your vision.
3. Ride smart.
When riding in the dark, always be mindful of your speed. Do not outride your lights so that you have enough time to react to any possible obstacles on the road.
Plan your route in advance, and if you can, familiarise yourself with the road in the daytime. You can also do a pre-night ride bike inspection to avoid any surprises when you ride at night. Also, have a good tool kit handy.
Finally, go on a night ride with friends. Let’s face it, there truly is safety in numbers. Plus, it would be a lot more fun.