Park where it is safe and legal. Signs, curb
On a hill, it is best to park facing uphill. This
Tires and traction
Traction is the amount of grip and contact
|The rider can control some of the most
important factors that affect traction, like
speed, acceleration and braking. Other
factors are responsible riding, proper brake
maintenance, and the characteristics of
Consider the following when choosing
and maintaining your tires:
• Material – softer compounds are
available that provide better traction for
certain types of riding. These tires can
wear out sooner than other tires.
• Tire Pressure – maintain proper pressure
according to the manufacturer’s
specifications. Under- and over-inflated
tires will reduce the amount of traction,
due to less contact with the road
surface. Improper inflation will also affect
how the tire wears.
• Tread patterns – select the type of tire
tread for the conditions you expect to
be riding in.
• Wear and tread depth – replace tires
as recommended by the manufacturer.
Worn tires are dangerous to use, and do
not provide adequate traction or safety.
Traction can be reduced by wet road
surfaces, and metal road parts like metal
bridges. Snow and ice, painted lines, and
holes and cracks affect the tire contact
with the road. Road debris, such as gravel,
sand, leaves, antifreeze, oil and spilled
materials, reduce traction.
When it is raining, the roads are the
most slippery during the first few minutes.
Continue to scan the road surface ahead
to determine road conditions and beware
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