With several days of sunny weather and temperatures reaching into the '60s and '70s, motorcycles have been taken out of winter storage and brought back to the roadways. Days like Sunday and Monday are a welcome sight for bike owners who waited through a long winter to ride again. So with the riding season about to fire back up, there are some things that both riders and motorists need to remember.

First off for riders, early spring can be a dangerous time to ride because of all the sand and debris left on the roads from a long winter. Watch out for sandy spots on roads and intersections. A nice spring rainstorm or two will help to wash things clean, but until then it can cause a real hazard to riders. Police officials also remind riders to monitor their speed, blind spots and remember that motorist might not be used to seeing them yet. Using a helmet is also recommended, although Iowa is one of only three states that does NOT require you to wear a helmet.

As for motorists, watch out for bikes on the roadways. They're smaller than you and sometimes can be difficult to see. But we need to share the roads so watch your blindspots too. By slowing down and being aware of our surroundings, we'll get where we're going safely! Happy riding bikers!


[via KCRG]

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