CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – Roads are clearing, snow is melting and that means it’s time to share the road with motorcycles.
Minnesota’s first motorcycle death of the year is prompting safety officials to warn of the dangers still present on roads.
Mike Ghere is a driving instructor with Drive Pro, but as a motorcyclist, he also knows the importance of sharing the road.
“The biggest thing is to share the road with motorcycles and that’s a good slogan although I prefer share the road with each other because sometimes it’s a give and take,” said Ghere.
Spring can be a deadly time for motorcyclists as they battle for space with aggressive drivers but also potholes and sand turning streets into potential hazards.
Something Rob Determan of Mason City Motorsports knows all too well about.
“Guys are anxious and I don’t blame them it’s been a long cold winter I find myself wanting to get out there too but it’s best to wait until we get most of the snow gone and get one good rainfall just get everything clean off the roads just to prevent any accidents from happening,” said Determan.
“It’s just like anything you haven’t done for a while. Six or seven months in the winter, it takes a while to get back into the rhythm. It’s like shooting a basketball or whatever, it takes a while to get back into the rhythm. You’re doing a lot of things you have front wheel breaks, back wheel brakes,” said Ghere.
In Iowa, motorcycle fatalities remain low in the spring but as motorists get re-acclimated to the roads, those figures are always at risk.
“Be very aware of what’s around too because a lot of the motorist now are not used to seeing motorcycles and are not looking for them. So you need to be on your toes at all times,” said Determan.
Potholes are another concern for riders as many of these holes are still appearing on road surfaces and have not been repaired yet.
From 2009-2013, 64 Minnesota motorcyclists were injured in accidents where debris from potholes were present.
Riders are still advised to wear full protective, brightly colored gear, including a DOT-approved helmet, travel at safe speeds, pay attention and ride sober.