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How Spring Weather Conditions Affect Motorcycle Safety

Posted on: May 1st, 2024

Spring brings a return to warmer weather, making it a great time to get your motorcycle back on the road after a long winter hiatus from riding. While the warmer spring temperatures make for more enjoyable riding weather than you’ll experience during the frigid winter months, it’s important to remember that spring weather is extremely variable. Weather conditions can change dramatically at a moment’s notice during spring, often without warning. It’s important to understand how this adverse weather will impact your safety on a spring motorcycle ride.

Common Safety Issues to Be Aware of During Spring Motorcycle Rides

Spring weather conditions can pose several safety hazards for motorcyclists that require extra caution and preparation. Some of the most common issues to be aware of include:

Safety Tips for Spring Motorcycle Rides in the Rain

safety tips for motorcycle riding in the rainRain poses a variety of safety hazards for motorcyclists. Wet roads can impact your stopping time and make it more difficult to maneuver your motorcycle. In addition, the glare coming from wet roads can reduce visibility. But the most dangerous condition you’ll encounter on wet roads are slick, oily riding surfaces. The first few minutes of a rainstorm create the most slippery riding conditions. During this time, rainwater will fill in the dimples on the road, causing oil residue to rise to the top. This makes for a very slick surface that can reduce tire traction and increase your risk of a motorcycle accident.

While it’s best to avoid riding in the rain, sometimes it’s simply unavoidable. If you find yourself on a motorcycle ride during a rainstorm, take the following precautions:

Safety Tips for Spring Motorcycle Rides in the Fog

Foggy conditions are common during spring, especially early in the morning or after a rainstorm. Due to limited visibility in fog, the best approach is to pull over and wait for the fog to pass before continuing your ride. However, if you must ride a motorcycle in the fog, take the following precautions:

Safety Tips for Spring Motorcycle Rides in the Wind

safety tips for motorcycle rides in the windSpring weather is often accompanied by strong winds which can make it much harder to maneuver a motorcycle. In situations where winds are very strong, it’s best to avoid riding a motorcycle. This is especially true if the wind is blowing from the side. If you encounter sudden high winds in the middle of a ride, find a safe place to pull over as soon as possible.

If you have to ride your motorcycle during high winds, take the following precautions:

Safety Tips for Spring Motorcycle Rides in the Hail

Spring is hail season in Colorado. It’s common for hail stones to be large, placing you at risk of significant injury due to the lack of protection provided by a motorcycle. Due to significant obstruction in vision, high risk of injury and the potential to damage your motorcycle, you should avoid riding in hail. If you’re caught in a hailstorm while riding, you should seek immediate shelter. Find a safe place to pull over that will shield you from the hail, such as under a bridge or in a building.

Keep in mind that hail is often accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning, which poses a serious threat to motorcyclists. If you see lightning or hear thunder, pull over and seek shelter immediately, as it is never safe to ride in these conditions.

Make Sure to Have the Right Gear

Spring weather is variable and can change quickly. Therefore, it’s important to always ride with the proper gear for any potential weather condition that may arise:

Pushchak Law Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident

Even when you take all the precautions discussed above, there’s always a risk of getting into an accident when riding in adverse spring weather conditions. If you’re injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. At Pushchak Law, we’ll fight aggressively to protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Brian Pushchak has made motorcycle accident cases a primary focus of his practice. He understands the complex laws governing these cases and the unique issues impacting motorcycle riders. This specialization will give you the edge you need when seeking to maximize the value of your compensation.

You’ll also benefit from Mr. Pushchak’s unique Informed Decisions™ Approach focused on helping you achieve the best possible outcome to your case. This approach to motorcycle accident cases keeps you in control of the process at all times.

Mr. Pushchak will talk to you at length about your goals for the case, and he’ll explain your legal rights and options in detail. You’ll have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have to ensure you understand Mr. Pushchak’s recommended strategy for your case. This will arm you with the information necessary to make the right decision regarding the strategy used to pursue your compensation.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Pushchak Law serves clients in Denver and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

Brian Pushchak | Personal Injury Law Firm Denver, CO
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