Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, so your goal should be to take as many precautions as possible to make sure you’re easy to see on the road. Other drivers may not always pay attention to what’s going on around them, and there is a risk that they might pull out in front of you or make a mistake that leads to a crash.
You might have considered making your motorcycle louder, but you should know that doing so won’t necessarily help keep you safer. In fact, there is no evidence that having a louder motorcycle will prevent a collision.
Noise draws attention…sometimes
Noise does make other people aware that a motorcyclist is around, but only if the other drivers aren’t distracted. If a driver is listening to the radio, talking to people in the vehicle or otherwise distracted from what’s happening around them, then they will be much less likely to acknowledge the sound of a loud motorcycle.
It’s also important to note that the exhaust on a motorcycle points back behind the vehicle. As a result, most of the noise stays behind the vehicle. Other drivers may not be exactly sure where the loud exhaust sound is coming from, which makes it hard for them to pinpoint a motorcyclist.
That’s why you should combine a louder exhaust, if you want one and are legally able to have one in your state, with bright clothing and defensive driving. California does limit the noise level depending on the kind of motorcycle you’re driving and other factors.
Combining safety precautions gives you the best chance of staying safe
Combining safely precautions such as wearing bright colors, increasing the volume of the exhaust on your motorcycle, driving defensively and others give you a better chance of staying safe on the road and avoiding a crash with other drivers. By making yourself highly visible, you’ll draw more attention to yourself. This, hopefully, will reduce the risk of getting into a crash.
If you’re still hit and involved in a motorcycle crash, then you will be able to look into making a claim against any driver who did not see you or yield to your right-of-way.