Spring means motorcyclists are back on the road

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Two motorcyclists died in accidents over the weekend. Local motorcyclists say potholes, road debris and an increase in traffic makes spring a dangerous season for them.

"This time of year we have a lot of gravel on the roads from winter, a lot of potholes. Road conditions are not the greatest right now especially in our area," said Brian Young, Assistant Director of South Bend H.O.G. Chapter 1309.

"I can't remember a time when I've ever seen potholes this bad,' said Stan Miles, Indiana ABATE Instructor.

Even road repairs can become dangerous to riders.

"They're putting the hot tar down on the roads and that's really slick for motorcyclists so we have to be aware of that," said Miles.

Miles has ridden for almost four decades. For the last seven years he has taught bikers how to ride safely.  

Miles says every spring is an adjustment to the road conditions.

"They're just not used to seeing us because everyone's been in cars way too long," said Miles.

There are precautions you can take as a motorcyclist to try to protect yourself from the catastrophic potholes and distracted drivers.

"Make sure you're always aware of what other people are doing, make sure they're making face contact with you so they don't try to come into your right of way and always be prepared to one, stop or swerve, and prepare your escape plan," said Miles.

Young says this weekend's accidents are a reminder to make safety a priority all year long.

"Every time you throw your leg over the seat, is a good time to think about safety. Every time you get on that bike you have to think about safety and riding safe," said Young.

Miles says other drivers can make things easier for motorcyclists by giving them extra riding room so they can avoid potholes and debris.


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