States across the country have begun to reopen, following the global Coronavirus pandemic. Many non-essential businesses that temporarily closed can now accept customers, but restrictions remain in place on a state-by-state basis, including for non-essential travel.
When you factor in motorists who have driven less often over the past few months, your next motorcycle ride becomes fraught with uncertainty. Consider the following points to help you prepare for a safe trip.
Roadways Will Have Less Traffic
A recent article in the New York Times described the experience of riding through the near-empty streets of New York City. Especially for urban motorcycle riders, this sounds like paradise: You don’t have to worry about traffic and can actually enjoy the open road.
Yet there’s one major catch: In an environment like this, some riders may be tempted to speed or forget to watch out for other road obstructions.
A driver may turn a corner without looking properly or a vehicle may back out of a blind driveway right into the street.
As you enjoy the freedom of less congested roads, obey the speed limit, be aware of your surroundings and ride defensively.
Motorists Are Not Expecting to See You
A report in the Seattle Times found that motorcycle accident rates started to increase in April and continued through May in Washington State, hitting the highest level since 2006.
Two factors likely point to this trend. For many riders, the motorcycle season started later than previous years. Typically, we’re back on our bikes and have completed a couple long-distance trips by April or May. Yet, motorists have primarily kept their cars and trucks in the driveway, only venturing out to the grocery store.