Traveling in construction: A hazard for motorcyclists

One of the most difficult things to deal with when you're a motorcyclist is construction work. Uneven roads pose a danger as you try to stay in even lanes, and loose gravel could cause you to slide.

What's worse is that people in traditional vehicles don't always slow down. They kick up dust and fling gravel, not thinking about the motorcyclists behind them. If that's a situation you've been in, then you know it's almost impossible not to stop and pull over to avoid the stress of the situation.

What can you do to stay safer on a motorcycle in construction zones?

The first thing you should try to do is to avoid construction. If you see detour signs, it's normally better to take the detour than to try to drive in areas that are dangerous or where debris could lead to a crash.

If you do have to go through a construction zone, give yourself space. Slow down, even if other drivers won't. You can reduce your speed and use your hazard lights if necessary; the goal is to make sure you are comfortable with your speed and the safety of driving through the area. Wear your helmet to avoid the gravel pummeling you in the face or dust from getting into your eyes.

Work-zone crashes happen once every 5.4 minutes, according to 2015 statistics. It's very important to do what you can to prevent yourself from getting into a crash. Keep your eyes open for workers and remember that you have the right to slow down and drive at a safe speed.

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