Spring is a terrific season for motorcyclists. It’s the time when the weather becomes warmer and riders start to get their bikes out of the garage again. They look forward to a long season of fun summer riding, but they’re just excited to get out in the spring, even when the road conditions or the weather are not perfectly ideal.
This excitement is absolutely understandable, and this is a great time to get out on your bike. Just make sure that you’re aware that other drivers may not see you, and you need to be extra careful.
Why is visibility a problem in the spring?
It’s not really visibility that is reduced in the spring. Overall, issues with visibility are a serious problem for motorcyclists at any time. This has a lot to do with the size of the bikes and the fact that many of them are black or gray, meaning they blend into the road. A lot of accidents happen because drivers don’t see motorcycles or they just overlook them when they should have seen them.
The issue with spring is simply that motorcycles haven’t really been on the road all winter long. Cars and trucks have still been there, and so drivers have become used to looking for vehicles with a higher profile and with a pair of lights on the front. This makes it more difficult for them to see motorcycles, which they are not expecting yet.
This is why it’s so important to be a good defensive driver, but it’s also important to know how to seek financial compensation if you can’t avoid a crash based on a mistake made by another driver.