Surface dressing: how to ride on newly-surfaced roads

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Published on 8 April 2016 by Tom Wadlow

Despite the negative publicity, surface dressing actually provides some of the best road conditions for riding. While there have been complaints over the poor clearance of loose chippings after the process has been completed, the end result is a good riding surface.

Surface dressing is the most popular road surface treatment used to maintain UK roads. It restores texture which is important for skidding resistance and also seals the road surface to help prevent potholes forming.

It also helps local authorities to maintain their road networks by providing a very economic solution. Without surface dressing, most councils would not have sufficient funding to maintain their road network in a safe condition.

The film below offers tips for motorcyclists on how best to handle these new road surfaces: