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A Vancouver Motorcycle Crash Lawyer Offers Spring Weather Safety Tips


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4/19/2013
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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The Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyers at McComb Witten strive to educate our readers about best safety practices.

Unfortunately, as winter recedes here in British Columbia, the roads often become wet, slippery and surprising. Here are four tips to keep you safe on your bike, when it is wet out:

 

1. Watch out for painted areas.

Crosswalks, diamonds, and other painted surfaces present a unique danger to riders—they can become quite slippery when wet. Ride straight over these areas, instead of leaning into them, or you can easily skid out.

 

2. Watch out while driving over steel, concrete, rubber, and other unusual surfaces.

Riding a motorcycle is largely an unconscious process. When you get familiar with how a bike feels—and how the road feels beneath your wheels—you just go with it.

Unfortunately, when you drive over relatively unfamiliar surfaces, such as wet manhole covers, rubber, railroad tracks, concrete surfaces and paved areas, your intuition may fail you.

Different surfaces behave differently depending on conditions. A wet manhole cover creates a different kind of friction than does an oily or slicked-with-ice manhole cover. Go slowly, and do not assume that just because a surface looks wet, it is. It might be icy or oily.

 

3. Avoid puddles, obvious cracks, and potholes.

Driving through potholes and ditches can cause you to lose control. In addition, it will beat up your bike. The mechanical damage can cause underlying problems. Here is an analogy: Eating a donut every day will not immediately give you cardiovascular disease. However, if you make a habit of eating tons of donuts, your likelihood of heart problems goes up.

Likewise, if you constantly drive through puddles and potholes for the fun of it, you are more likely to wear out your bike and cause problems.

 

4. Watch out for oil slicks—especially after it rains.

When a road dries up, oil, dirt, and grime accumulate on the surface. When a fresh rain occurs, that oil and grime can make the road extremely slippery. Be particularly watchful for oil slicks during the first few hours of rain after a dry spell.

If you got hurt in a crash, get in touch with a Vancouver motorcycle accident attorney at McComb Witten. Download our free report, The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know!  or call us for help with your case now at 604-255-9018. You have nothing to lose and the case evaluation is complimentary.



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