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5 of motorcyclists’ greatest risks on the road

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | motorcycles

As warmer weather arrives in Indiana, many motorcyclists are eager to get back on the open roads. However, the upcoming riding season also brings hazards that all riders should be aware of. Being informed and vigilant will help you stay safe on the road.

There are 5 major risks motorcyclists may encounter.

1. Grass clippings

Homeowners mowing and clearing their lawns often blow grass clippings out into the street. These wet clippings can create dangerously slippery conditions for motorcyclists leaning into turns. Always be alert for such debris when riding through neighborhoods.

2. Unleashed pets

Dogs chasing bikes or running loose can lead to accidents. Be extra cautious when passing homes with unleashed pets in the yard.

3. Potholes

Potholes and cracked pavement can appear without warning. Hitting such obstacles can easily lead to losing control or crashing. Be vigilant in scanning for road hazards, especially on frequently driven local routes.

4. Inattentive drivers

With more people distracted by mobile devices, drivers making left turns or merges often fail to notice an oncoming motorcycle. Always ride defensively, assume other motorists do not see you and take quick evasive action when necessary.

5. Blind spots

Even attentive drivers may fail to see a bike when checking blind spots. Maintain safe spacing cushions, avoid lingering in blind spots and use your horn and lights to maximize your vehicle profile. Predictable riding and defensive driving reduce risks.

By exercising extra caution and defensive riding techniques, motorcyclists stand the best chance of having a safe and enjoyable riding season ahead.