Spring Motorcycle Safety

After a long winter, many motorcyclist enthusiasts are excited to break out their bikes and begin riding. As more and more riders hit the road, it is important to gear up for everything the spring riding season may present, both good and bad. Even the most seasoned riders should properly prepare for spring riding as unique springtime dangers come into fruition and threaten everyday rides.

This upcoming spring, be prepared for the various hazards that may present themselves on your rides, whether you’re riding the beautiful backroads in nature or splitting lanes in downtown traffic. By being aware of these six threats, you can help ensure you are riding well this spring and the rest of the year.

Oil

The first rain after winter or a dry period can lift oil, dirt and grime to the top of the pavement, causing incredibly slick roads. Ride slower than normal to allow yourself for more reaction time and prevent an accident. Once there have been a few more rains to wash away the remaining oil, you should be ready to ride safely at your normal speed.

Wildlife

Spring can mean major movement for wildlife in your area, including young critters unfamiliar with roads and motor vehicles. “Without the added protection that cars provide, even a collision with a small animal could lead to serious injuries,” note the Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers of Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A. Keep a lookout for any animals that may cross the path while you ride, especially if riding in an area dense with foliage.

Potholes

A threat to car drivers and motorcycle drivers alike, potholes are dangerous and should not be taken lightly. For areas hit hard by winter, large potholes are an even bigger threat.

Hitting a pothole could cause you to lose control of your bike, but swerving too abruptly or halting altogether could be just as damaging. The best thing to do is to avoid the pothole if possible, otherwise, slow down when your bike is approaching.

Salt & Sand

Salt and sand have long been used to help with traction in snow and ice. Much like oil, salt and sand may hover until a few days of heavy rains wipe them away. Ride slower than normal to allow yourself extra time to react and follow consistent tire tracks; there may be an additional buildup of salt and sand in areas where cars don’t take consistent lines.

Temperature

While it may feel like spring is in the air, spring most likely has not hit the road, meaning the roads may still be cold for a while. Cold roads mean less traction for tires, so continue to ride slower than usual to account for the lack of tire grip. Also be sure to wear appropriate clothing while riding as temperatures may fluctuate all day, from rain or shine to windy or chilly.

Other Riders

Spring is one of the most popular seasons for motorcyclists. Many fellow riders will hit the road once the weather permits, which, unfortunately, causes an increase of the chance of a potential motorcycle accident. Stay alert of other riders and always keep your eyes on the road.

Being aware of these 6 springtime dangers can help prevent a moderate or severe motorcycle accident before it happens. By staying alert, driving slower than usual, and prepping yourself, you can enjoy springtime riding safely.

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