It’s Spring, and That Means It’s Motorcycle Time
Spring Means Motorcycles On the Road
As drivers transition from winter to spring driving conditions, spring driving has its challenges, including sharing the road with motorcycles. The first day of warm weather usually mean the first ride of the season for bikers, and that means more activity on the roadways for motorists navigate.
To keep motorcyclists and drivers safe, Young Drivers of Canada would like to make the following suggestions when it comes to spring driving safety.
1. The streets are not clean. Chemicals, salt, and sand, have been used over the winter to keep drivers safe. During the first few weeks of spring as the snow melts, the roads will still be covered in residues such as salt and sand. Motorcyclists and motorists should approach corners and intersections with caution as this is where such debris will accumulate and can affect a vehicle’s traction and stopping ability.
2. The beginning of the spring season means it’s pothole season. Potholes are created when moisture expands and contracts with cold temperatures in the winter. In the spring, drivers are encouraged to avoid potholes in a safe manner. Potholes can affect a vehicles performance, especially when cornering or braking. Potholes can also cause serious damage to a vehicle’s suspension or tires.
3. Spring means wildlife, both new and existing. The spring season means that wildlife is being born, and existing wildlife is searching for food. All motorists should be aware of wildlife movement during dawn and dusk. All drivers should also be patient if they encounter wildlife on the road. No one wants to hurt a baby rabbit!
4. Water on the roads. Spring runoffs are not uncommon. All motorists should exercise caution when crossing any water. Traction and stopping time can be affected when roads are wet.
Everyone gets excited with the first signs of warm weathers. All drivers including motorcyclists are encouraged to avoid distracted driving and leave space between other vehicles. Space allows drivers to see the spring hazards, including potholes and be able to react to those hazards in a safe and timely manner.