As a bicyclist, you might think that poor road conditions do not affect you as significantly as they do motorists. However, it is entirely possible for you to lose control of your bicycle while riding during hazardous conditions.
You should also keep in mind that poor road conditions might cause nearby drivers to lose control, possibly resulting in a collision with you. By familiarizing yourself with a few of the most dangerous road conditions, you can approach potentially dangerous situations with the right amount of caution.
Even subtle potholes in the pavement can cause a cyclist to lose control and fall from the saddle. There are also many situations in which you might not have time to react and maneuver around a pothole. Be aware that cracked and uneven pavement can be just as hazardous.
A common byproduct of road construction is an incomplete shoulder. Many cyclists rely on the shoulder of the road, especially in areas that lack dedicated bike lanes. Loose dirt and debris can also find their way to the road when construction is ongoing nearby.
Poor street drainage
Insufficient drainage leads to water buildup on the road after rainfall, making it difficult or impossible to proceed on a bicycle. Remember that absolutely any street can be dangerous during heavy precipitation and other inclement weather.
Bicycles are smaller and more maneuverable than other road vehicles, which may make some cyclists feel that they can overcome poor road conditions with relative ease. Being complacent in situations that can commonly cause catastrophic accidents will only increase your odds of suffering a severe injury.