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Traction plays a role in many motorcycle crashes

Traction is a major factor in a crash of any type, whether it's a motorcycle accident or one with a passenger vehicle. When it comes to motorcycles, poor traction is much more serious, since there are fewer tires to support the balance of the machine.

How much traction is needed to keep motorcyclists safe? That's the critical question that has to be answered before you head out onto the roads.

Many things affect traction including the weather conditions, roads' surfacing, the load and the tires' tread and ability to grip onto the ground. It's important to do what you can to mitigate those differences and factors that could lead to a crash.

One way you can reduce the risk of being involved in a crash is to correctly inflate your tires. You need to inflate your tires correctly, because that lowers the risk of limiting your traction. Over-inflated tires may not grip the road as well as those inflated correctly. Keep in mind that a tire with good tread that is inflated correctly will grip a coarse roadway better and also provide decent traction on a smoother roadway.

Make sure you always stay on two wheels when you ride to increase the total traction available. Doing wheelies might be appealing, but with only one tire to grip the ground, it's a recipe for disaster. It's better to keep both wheels on the road and to proceed with caution to prevent a crash.

If you're struck or crash as a result of road hazards, make sure you know your legal rights. While the way you drive plays a role in your safety, others must also be cautious and should be held responsible if they hit you.

Source: Motorcyclist Online, "Riding Tips: How Much Traction Does Your Motorcycle Have?," Ken Condon, accessed Jan. 31, 2018

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