With the season change, comes new conditions for motorcycle riders to deal with. Here are a few tips for motorcycle riding during the autumn months:
Look Out For Dry Or Wet Leaves. Leaves, both dry and wet, are hazardous to riders once they start to fall to the ground. Dry leaves can pile up on the road and cover potholes or any other road issues. Rain or morning dew will create wet leaves causing them to make a slick pavement surface, which could make your bike slide on the road. If you approach a pile of leaves on the road, try your best to drive slowly until you’re past the obstacle.
Deer Season. Deer are prominent for being more active in the Fall, which causes more collisions. Always scan the road sides if you’re cruising in any rural areas. Stay alert during dusk and dawn when deer movement reaches its peak.
Cold Autumn Nights. The weather is more unpredictable this time of year. It can go from chilly in the morning, warm in the afternoon, to below freezing at night. Check the weather before you ride. Bring extra layers (don’t forget your leather!) and rain gear with you.
Frosty And Icy Surfaces. Cold nights lead to morning frost. Its important to be aware of frost on the roads in the early morning because that pavement could have a thin layer of ice above it which will force you to lose traction. Shaded areas will frost up first so be knowledgeable of your surroundings.
Increased Holiday Traffic. Holiday shopping and gatherings are happening, which causes increased traffic on the roads. Practice defensive driving, avoid driving in blind spots, and consider wearing bright clothing.
Perform a Maintenance Check. Take the time to thoroughly check your bike to ensure it is in good condition when bad weather and poor visibility occurs. Brakes, headlights and signals need to be working properly at all times.
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