With spring well on its way, and motorcycle riders itching to hit the road for a nice long cruise, it’s time to think about seasonal road safety considerations. The spring can make the roads treacherous in Alberta, for a number of different reasons.
Watch for Potholes
Potholes and motorcycles do not mix well together, and at the beginning of spring Alberta roads are riddled with both. Potholes are caused by snow melting and re-freezing throughout the winter, which causes the pavement to heave. They are one of the reasons why snow removal is so important. Always watch well ahead for potholes, and do your best to avoid them. Never follow a vehicle too closely, as you may not see a pothole until it’s far too late. But if you absolutely cannot avoid a pothole, slow down as much as possible, drive over it in a straight line, and stand up slightly to allow your knees to absorb the shock.
Driving on Gravel
The City of Calgary and many other Alberta cities and towns use a unique combination of salt and gravel to give drivers traction during slippery winter months, but once the snow melts and temperatures rise, the mix leaves a lot of residue behind. This residue can be perilous to all vehicles, but especially to cyclists and motorcyclists.
Riding on gravel safely is very difficult.
- Don’t make sudden or sharp adjustments
- Always be loose and responsive
- Maintain your speed and keep your eyes focused on where you’re going
- Avoid braking on sand or gravel if possible, but if necessary, apply even, light pressure
More Helpful Safety Tips
Here are some other tips you may find helpful when you’re riding a two-wheeled vehicle on a gravel or sandy surface:
- Try to ride in an existing tire track, if possible
- Keep your centre of gravity stable and balanced
- Don’t look down. This greatly increases your chances of losing control and injuring yourself
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