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post #1 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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High Viz Gear question

Anyone else actually notice that when wearing anything with high viz colors it really does seem to reduce the number of cut-offs and near misses that they encounter on any given ride?

I've noticed lately that car drivers that normally would have cut me off do a second take and stop themselves from interrupting my travel when I wear a simple high viz vest over my jacket, as opposed to the times I don't wear it.

I usually would just wear it at night or on the freeway or if it was raining, but it's become part of my routine now rain or shine, cause it really does seem to help.

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post #2 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 11:18 PM
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I now wear hi-viz all the time. I notice more eye contact with drivers which is comforting.

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post #3 of 35 Old 05-25-2014, 11:22 PM
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I always figured that I will never know the time when wearing it makes the critical difference. And that's good enough for me to wear it always.
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I usually wear mine autumn and spring when the sun is low on the morning commute.

Winter the bike lights seem to do enough, and yes, the number of 'almosts' drops significantly.

This year, I havn't used it yet, but I put LED bulbs in the headlight and I'm suspecting that's accounting for the difference.

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Smile hi viz, yikes/3

When I started wearing a high visibility helmet and jacket, the number of incidents where my right of way was taken by drivers facing me (or positioned to face me) was cut by a factor of 3. I ride nearly twice every day through urban traffic, so there have been enough such incidents to easily be statistically significant. They went from once every 2-3 days to about 3 per month. For awhile, I was worried that I was not getting enough practice at sudden evasion maneuvers.

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post #6 of 35 Old 05-26-2014, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by *noolis* View Post
Anyone else actually notice that when wearing anything with high viz colors it really does seem to reduce the number of cut-offs and near misses that they encounter on any given ride?
Notice it often. However, it does not help on the mountain twisty's when there is no visibility around a corner and the a** coming the other way is taking up half of your lane.....they do move over pretty fast when they see me though.
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post #7 of 35 Old 05-26-2014, 01:41 PM
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The eyes see.
The brain notices.
They aren't the same thing.

Any way we can get a driver to notice us is good. I haven't had a close call since I started wearing hi viz...proof of nothing...I'll continue to wear it just in case.

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post #8 of 35 Old 05-26-2014, 11:09 PM
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Opinions vary of course, however, the more countermeasures you employ against an accident the better your odds must be. I make my living taking care of trauma victims, many motorcyclist. I am always asked why I continue to ride even with all I see. I say some of the best enjoyable activities in life involve an element of risk. We can choose to minimize the risk or let it all hang out. I think we all have a personal acceptable level of risk, for me is ATGATT. Others a leather vest, blue jeans and boots. I wear a hi-viz jacket because I think I feel more safe. I also use the anti SMIDSY manuever. I know I am not invincible. I am reminded of death nearly every day but I love riding for everything it provides. Freedom, stress relief and risk.

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post #9 of 35 Old 05-26-2014, 11:28 PM
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I know that when I'm driving I notice high viz gear more than I do other colors although red, orange, etc stand out as well. That is why I wear it.

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post #10 of 35 Old 05-27-2014, 01:29 AM
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I wear an Olympia Moab jacket in neon yellow and an Arai Signet-Q helmet in matching neon. I've had two close calls in the last few months from distracted drivers. Some days I wonder if anything works with the idiots we have driving here in Phoenix.

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