California motorcycles are ridden year round. Much of the roadwork is done primarily in the spring and summer months. Everyone needs to be more careful in these work zones. For our safety, the worker’s safety, and for other drivers as well, California Motorcycles should consider roadwork hazards.
Motorcycles are particularly vulnerable to uneven surfaces. When roads are designed, they are usually planned with plenty of space to prepare for curves and changes in roadway elevations. When road crews are laying out temporary detours, there is often not such meticulous planning. Drivers can get startled by big orange signs.
Experienced motorcyclists know that the surface of a roadway is critical. Learn how a bike handles, effective stopping distances, and how to suddenly turn in our classes. No one wants to lay down a bile but it is good to know how to turn into a slide along the pavement when necessary.
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According to the Federal Highway Administration, an average of 700 motorists die each year in approximately 70,000 work zone crashes. This accounts for about 2 percent of all traffic fatalities in a given year. Of those fatalities, around 10 percent are motorcyclists.
Safety efforts are made to protect workers in construction zones. Blame is sometimes placed on the driver in a work zone motorcycle crash. Seven times as many drivers die in these accidents as compared to highway workers. Motorists should always obey warning signs. These zones present hazards that endanger drivers, particularly drivers of motorcycles.
Often, work zones are not properly marked with caution signs. The construction companies are responsible for placing signs in work zones.
Call us at 858-412-RIDE for information.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Here are some of the roadwork hazards that are particularly dangerous for motorcycles:
• Steel plates used to cover holes are extremely slippery, especially after and during rain.
• Gravel surfaces are hazardous! During sudden stops, motorcycle tires can’d skid to a stop.
• Uneven lanes will sometimes cause a severe wobble in the front wheel of a motorcycle. This may initiate a loss of control situation.
There are many other hazards present in roadwork zones, so as the big orange signs say, SLOW DOWN.
While you might be going slow it is still important to be very alert. In a battle between a car and a motorcycle, it’s the bike that loses.
You may have many hours on your bike. No matter how many hours you do have on your bike, there is always more to learn. It’s very prudent to sign on for some motorcycle training. Two heads are better than one and it’s quite likely you’ll learn some things you didn’t know after you take our course. Call us at 858-412-RIDE for information.