Riding a motorcycle at night increases the risks you face on a number of fronts. You have less visibility, for instance, and there are often more drunk driving accidents at night than there are during the day.

To limit the risks, you want to drive as safely as possible. One key thing to keep in mind is that it’s often all too easy to overdrive your own headlights.

Essentially, you never want to go so fast that you’re barely able to see anything enter the cone of light from the headlights before you pass it. On an empty road, this may feel safe enough, but it means you cannot react to an unexpected hazard, like a car that stopped in the street or a person crossing when there isn’t a crosswalk.

Any vehicle can overdrive its headlights; this isn’t just a risk for those on a motorcycle. However, motorcycles tend to only have a single forward-facing headlight, so they may not have as much visibility to begin with, and they tend to be very quick. Both of these things make it easier to accidentally overdrive your lights than if you were in an SUV or a pickup truck. Just slow down, pay attention to how far you can see, and drive in a controlled manner within that space.

While this can help, it naturally does not guarantee you will never get into an accident. Someone else can make a mistake and cause a serious crash when you do nothing wrong at all. If this happens, you need to know how to seek financial compensation for your costs.