You’re driving down the highway, faster than you should be, when you see a sign urging “caution – sharp left turn – 45 mph speed limit.” You think to yourself “finally, some curves to this boring road,” and you pull back the throttle. The turn comes, you lean in, and soon you realize “crap, they really meant slow down.”
Now your bike is sliding down the road, sparks are flying off the pavement as the asphalt eats your shiny chrome. Your crapping your pants as a hole is ripped into your leather jacket (and likely your skin), all because you saw “fun left turn” instead of caution.
Now I’m not saying that you should keep your bike over in the slow lane and never experience what it feels like to rip back the throttle. What I am saying is that they put up road signs for a reason. Whether it’s a sharp turn, gravel, a grated bridge, or a moose crossing. Those signs are there for one reason or another. Simply keeping your eyes open and being aware of your surroundings will keep you a lot safer on the road.
So don’t ignore road signs. You can choose just how much you won’t to follow the directions, but keep in mind that road signs aren’t just frivolous pieces of metal. They do serve a purpose. Actually, they serve lots of purposes. Check out this online quiz and see just how well you know your road signs.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com