Motorcyclists face various hazards when they are on the road. While some of these come from other drivers, there are others that are due to the conditions on the roads. Knowing how to navigate imperfect pavement can help all motorcyclists enjoy a safe ride. It can also assist them in learning how to handle situations in which they have to ride over defects to remain out of the way of other vehicles.
Watching what is ahead of your motorcycle is one of the most important things you can do when you ride. This gives you a chance to spot hazards, and plan to avoid them. The higher your speeds, the faster you will have to decide what to do.
Potholes are a huge hazard on many roads. The best course of action when you see one is to avoid it. You might be able to find a suitable path if you are on a two-wheeled motorcycle. Trikes won’t have the same luxury because of the distance between the wheels.
Another hazard is ruts in the roads. It is usually best to ride on the higher portion near the ruts if it is still in your same lane. The issue with driving in the rut is that the groove in the middle of the rut is likely going to throw your tires off balance, which could cause you to lean to one side or the other. Because of the motion of the front wheel, the motorcycle might start to wobble, which could cause serious problems.
Other drivers might try to negotiate the hazards you are facing. Unfortunately, they might become so focused on doing this that they are unable to notice motorcycles. They might slam into you as they try to swerve and move around those pavement defects. This can lead to serious injuries that require extensive medical care and healing time. The financial impact might lead the victims to seek compensation.