Springtime brings the annual tradition of bikers hitting the roads of Wisconsin after a long hibernation of frozen and snow-covered surfaces. Although the moment is joyous for thousands of bikers from and around the Badger State, there are increased risks for riders as they are exposed to more of the hazards on the road.
Warm weather brings new life to the fields of Wisconsin, and it also brings more drivers onto the state's roads. One of the most popular weekend pastimes is motorcycle trips, and many small towns across the Badger State hear the roar of bikes periodically on Saturdays and Sundays. One thing no one wants to hear, however, is the sound of metal on metal.
Since motorcycle riding in Wisconsin is very dangerous in winter, it is lucky that it is also rare in winter. But thawing fields yield beautiful flowers and warmer temperatures bring bikers back onto the roads of the Badger State. This annual event means that drivers have a new calculus when staying safe on the roads.
Wisconsin's open plains and beautiful riverside drives make for good motorcycle trips. The area is very popular among local and distant bikers alike, although there are some hazards that may present themselves. Beyond the issues of potholes and winding roads, winter weather can turn Wisconsin into one big problem for bikers.
Wisconsin has enough motorcycles in it to warrant special attention to motorcycle safety. From frozen roads to streetcar tracks, hazards to bikes are many and often pose a greater danger to two-wheeled vehicles than the four-wheeled ones.
With less external protection for riders than a car or truck would provide, motorcyclists face enough challenges on Wisconsin roads. Unfortunately, riders are also subject to a higher chance of injury or death if they encounter a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Motorcycles are a lot of fun compared to cars and trucks, but they also come with dangers unmatched by other vehicles. The lack of external protection for drivers and passengers can spell danger or even death in the case of a collision.
You have likely heard that motorcycles are more dangerous than cars, that they result in higher accident fatality rates and that their small size and lack of safety features play a large role. Statistically speaking, this is correct. Motorcycles do result in more deaths because many accidents that people may survive in cars end up taking lives with motorcycles.
Does the idea of your teen operating a motorcycle fill you with dread? As parents, we understand this dread because we feel the same way. Like you, we want to protect our children and keep them safe from harm. While we all can forbid our kids to ride motorcycles, this could cause rebellion and risky behaviors that may increase their odds of injury. So, what is a parent to do when their child just wants to ride?
You have a right to the road on your motorcycle at all hours, but many motorcyclists voluntarily opt to stay home after dark. The problem is that nighttime driving can increase the risk on what is already a high-risk vehicle. Some of the additional risks you face could include: