Products Partners Edgar Snyder & Associates Motorcycle Riding in Construction Zones

Ride Defensively It's summertime, which means that it's also road construction season. Work zones pose extra risks for motorcycle riders, so there are many things to think about when approaching these areas.

Work Zone Safety Laws

Many states have specific laws in place for work zones to keep drivers and bikers safe. Usually the speed limit is lower and the fines for traffic violations are higher. Also, if your headlights don't turn on automatically with your bike, you may be required to activate them – even during the daytime. Remember, work zone laws vary for every state, so be sure to check your state's Department of Transportation website and any state through which you may be traveling.

Work Zones and Road Hazards

Understandably, work zones tend to have more road hazards. When driving through these areas you must be on the lookout for:

  • Shifting lanes
  • Road drop-offs
  • Pooling water
  • Suddenly stopped traffic
  • Workers near the road
  • Rocks and other debris on the road
  • Narrowing of lanes
  • Areas with no shoulders

Bikers – Ride Defensively

The best thing you can do when riding through a work zone is know the laws, always ride defensively, and use extra caution. Allow more space between you and other vehicles or bikes, stay alert, and watch for road hazards – marked and unmarked.

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