Changing Road Conditions
Due to winter maintenance, the roads will change. For those of us outside of SoCal, keep an eye out for gravel, sand and salt remains from winter road maintenance. Also expect new potholes, and beware of one’s covered in water. Those holes can be deeper than they appear, and cause some serious damage.
Spring is not only the time for rebirth of trees and flowers, but also many animals that come out of hibernation and are seeking food. Keep an eye out for increased animal activity near roads or trails – especially at dusk, the prime time for animals to get their eat on.
Finally…Open up Some Space
Remember, caged drivers have not witnessed many motorcyclists for some months now, and they can psychologically block you out. For spring especially, open up additional space between your motorcycle and the vehicle ahead of you – give yourself a 5-8 second following distance time. This will allow you plenty of time to emergency brake or swerve.
Also maintain 360-degrees of visibility, which is aided by checking those rearview mirrors often – try every 10 seconds or so to know what’s behind your motorcycle.
Follow these tips above to start off the spring riding season in the best possible condition – for both you and your motorcycle.