Potholes and road hazards
Potholes and road hazards are ongoing issues throughout the UK which all road users need to be conscious of.
The wet, cold english weather presents ripe breeding grounds for potholes which local councils struggle to keep up with.
Road hazards such as oil spills, uneven road surfaces and debris such as sticks and leaves can all play a part in increasing the risks on the road for motorcyclists.
These conditions, usually negotiated effortly on four wheels, can become dangerous and even fatal on two wheels… especially when weather conditions are poor.
Most common road hazards and how to avoid accidents
It's not always sunshine and rainbows zipping around on two wheels - we know as well as any biker just how dangerous it can be riding a motorbike.
Here are the 5 most common road hazards causing accidents, and how to avoid them:
- Potholes: Created from damp, weakened soil beneath the asphalt, potholes can damage tires and derail motorcyclists which can cause serious injuries. Keep a close eye for potholes, slow down when you are approaching one and drive around them without entering into a different lane.
- Debris: Loose debris such as sticks, stones and leaves create unstable conditions which are more difficult for motorcyclists to negotiate, especially at high speeds and in wet, dark conditions. Diesel is another big one to watch out for here, which you can always smell before you see. So, as soon as you catch a whiff of the stuff, slow down and have a scan around for the rainbow spill.
- Water: Most of us are aware of the risks water creates for motorcyclists. Roads become wet and slippery, causing many bikes to lose control. Conditions are made worse when cold weather causes ice to form on the roads, a dangerous situation amplified by dark/foggy weather and if wheels haven’t warmed up.
- Animals: Particularly around parklands and residential areas, stray or escaped animals such as dogs, cats and squirrels can appear out of nowhere, running across the road when you least expect it. Be sure to stay vigilant and slow down as soon as you spot them on or near the roads - and make sure you don’t swerve too much!
- Children: Again, be aware of high-risk zones such as schools and residential streets… especially during the before and after school times. Keep your peripherals alert and slow down when children seem to be distracted or too close to the road.
Have you been involved in an accident after one of these situations? Maybe the circumstances were different, but you don’t believe you were at fault.
If so, we welcome you to get in touch with us - we will clarify the details of your accident and you will gain a better understanding of your options with no obligation to proceed with us.