A street smart motorcycle rider is always aware that there's
little room for error on a cycle and that mental and physical
preparation can mean the difference between a safe, enjoyable ride
and a potentially disastrous one.
Inclement weather and road surface hazards can force you into
taking actions and making split second decisions with very little
Work zones present a hazard to all drivers but even more so for
motorcycle riders. Lacking four-wheel stability, the motorcycle
rider must be especially mindful of hazards and their potential for
Watch for signs and flaggers
They give clear, advance warning that crews are working ahead.
Be aware that you are entering a dangerous area and that you may
be required to take quick action. Cars will be slowing down.
Vehicles may be merging or passing. Drivers can be confused and
So don't let your guard down. Many work zone related crashes
occur before or after the actual work zone where cars are slowing
down and merging or speeding up to resume regular highway travel.
All the caution you observe in regular riding should be doubled in
and around work zones.
Ride defensively Remember that drivers have more on their minds, slow, congested
traffic, construction equipment, poor road surfaces and so forth.
They may be even less likely than usual to take you into full
And keep a sharp eye on the road surface. Construction zones
can throw a surprise in your path quicker than you think!
Work zone road hazards and how to avoid them
Sand or gravel on pavement/pea gravel and sealer -
Slow down, don't make sudden turns, brake lightly in a straight
Scored or grooved pavement -
Head and eyes up. Go slow. Don't fight the handle bars. Keep a
Oil, fresh tar, soft black crack filler -
Avoid if possible. Go slow and avoid sudden moves.
Rippled and uneven temporary pavement -
Scan pavement, pick the smoothest line. Cross slowly and
Long stretches of sand or gravel -
Downshift. Keep speed steady.
Objects in the road -
Scan well ahead. Go around if possible. Increase following
distance to allow maneuvering room.