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As much as you can, stay clear of roads
that have ice or snow on them. Patches of
ice tend to form in low or shaded areas, as
well as on bridges and overpasses. Ride
on the portion of the lane with the best
traction and reduce your speed.

To ride safely when traction is reduced,
do the following:
Reduce your speed before getting to a
slippery surface to lessen the possibility
of losing control or skidding.
Reduce your speed before entering
a curve, especially a curve with a
hazardous road surface.
A sudden change in speed or
direction can cause a loss of control.
When adjusting your speed, shifting
gears, turning corners and braking,
do so smoothly.
When using the front brake, gradually
squeeze the brake lever. If harder
braking is needed, use progressive
pressure to avoid locking the front
wheel. The front brake is still effective
when braking on a slippery surface.
Threshold brake (braking to the point
just before the wheels lock) with the rear
brake to avoid locking the rear wheel.
If a slippery surface cannot be avoided,
keep your motorcycle from leaning. You
could lose control of your motorcycle
leaning on a slippery surface.
Avoid hard braking, quick accelerating,
and sudden steering movements.
Proceed slowly and carefully.

Your ability to handle the motorcycle may
also be affected by road surface hazards.
On bridge decks made of metal
gratings, or a road surface that is being
resurfaced and has grooves cut into it,
your motorcycle may vibrate or wander

slightly. The risk of losing control is
lessened if you reduce your speed before
the area and try to maintain a constant
speed when crossing. Braking and
accelerating should be done gradually.



Sign warning motorcyclists of a rough or
uneven surface.

Use caution when crossing railroad
tracks. Always proceed straight ahead,
regardless of the angle of the tracks to the
highway. This will prevent crossing into
another lane or into oncoming traffic. Keep
your speed even and do not accelerate,
brake or do anything that requires traction.




Correct way to cross railroad tracks.




Incorrect way to cross railroad tracks.

44 A Rider's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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