Being safe and seen at night

If you’re out on the road at night, you should take steps to ensure you can see clearly and that you are visible to other road users. Here are some general tips all road users should follow at night:

  • Avoid wearing a dark, tinted or scratched visor or glasses.
  • Wear high visibility and reflective clothing so you are visible to all road users and to help keep you safe on the road.
  • Use a high beam to see further ahead. If you’re within 200 metres of another vehicle, dip your beam so you don’t affect the vision of the driver approaching you.
  • If a vehicle comes towards you with its beam on high, slow down and look off-centre to the left so it doesn’t affect your vision.
  • Reduce your speed to give yourself more time to read the road and react to any potential hazards.
  • Ensure any reflectors and all lights on your vehicle are clean.

Using a Scooter:

If you are riding a scooter at night, your scooter must:

  • Have at least one headlight. 
  • Be fitted with a red rear light (tail lamp) that is visible from 200m. It must be mounted so that it is not higher than 1.5m above the ground.
  • Have at least one reflector fitted to the rear of the vehicle.

Using a Bike or E-bike:

If you are riding a bicycle at night, you must have:

  • A white light (flashing or steady) on the front.
  • A red light (flashing or steady) on the back.
  • A red reflector on the back.

The lights must be visible from 200 metres and the reflector must be visible from 50 metres.

Information in this article was adapted from the NSW Government’s Motorcycle Riders’ Handbook and from the Victorian Government’s Safety and Road Rules for Bicycles. Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with your local road, safety and vehicle registration rules.