TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – There’s a concern out on the roads, especially as we get into the spring season: It’s riding season!
Spring is here and motorcycles are popping up across the pavement. But there are a lot of things that pose a problem for drivers and bikers alike.
Every spring, it’s the same, motorcycle accidents across the Wabash Valley.
“You have more out there. You’re going to have more accidents, more incidents,” said Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse, also an experienced biker.
This year could be worse.
The roads have taken a beating this winter, potholes popping up on the pavement, sand, salt and other debris scattered across the spring ground. All of these pose a problem for motorcyclists.
“A dead raccoon in the street. If you hit that with your front tire of your motorcycle that may cause you to lose control,” Plasse said. “With a car, you’re not going to wipe out.”
‘Watch out for motorcycles’ is a good note but motorcyclists also have to follow the rules of the road.
“A lot of motorcyclists cause their own issues, by reckless driving, maybe not gone through a course where they’re really experienced on the bike,” Plasse explained. “When you ride a motorcycle, you really have to be focused on what you’re doing and watch everyone around you and the road conditions, the potholes, take all that into account.”
Caution is key for both parties sharing the roadways.
“The weather’s nice. There’s going to be a lot of motorcycles out and just watch for them. They’re not as easy to see as a vehicle,” he explained. “Drive courteous. Watch for everyone else out there. And hopefully, we won’t have any accidents, and we’ll have a fun and enjoyable summer.”
Railroad tracks are also something bikers need to watch out for. They angle with the road, and your tires can catch on them.
Plasse, as an experienced biker, said all motorcyclists should probably take a safety course to ride the best they can.