The Illusion of Being Seen

My right rear turn signal has been on the fritz for a while, ever since I tried to fix it. Of course I’m still riding, I do still have to get to work and traffic hasn’t gone away. I’ve hate not having a working turn signal and it’s been especially annoying every time I go to get off the freeway from the carpool lane. I have to cross three to four lanes and I have been worrying that with out a blinker no one knows what I’m doing.

Double the blinking action.

Double the blinking action.

Thursday last week I got it fixed as well as a new brighter rear brake light. Now when I change lanes I don’t freak out as much.

Then I realized that I’m assuming quite a bit when I think that my little flashing amber light is actually doing anything for my visibility. I’m probably just deluding myself that it really does anything and at best it is going to only marginally add to my safety. I’m sure every bit helps. Primarily though I’m just helping out those people that already saw me to know what I’m doing. That’s great since I like to be a courteous rider, but I’m not sure I should actually feel any safer.

Safety on a motorcycle… it’s all somewhat of an illusion.


About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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