Motorcyclist activity increases in autumn for a few reasons. First, the cooler weather and changing seasons (i.e., fall colors in many states) are a great time to enjoy the open road’s freedom. Second, motorcyclists enjoy autumn riding before winter weather makes it too uncomfortable or impossible to ride.
Riding a motorcycle in autumn has some unique hazards that motorcyclists should be aware of. These include:
- Leaves on the road
- Quickly changing temperatures
- Frost in the morning and evening
These hazards don’t have to stop you from enjoying the road, however. Consider these five motorcycle safety tips for autumn driving:
- Look out for leaves on the road. Falling leaves are lovely, but they can quickly cover other dangers on the road, such as potholes, dead animals, or other hazards. Wet leaves can also be slippery, causing your motorcycle to slide.
- Be aware of changing temperatures. When you head out on an autumn ride, make sure you wear clothing layers and pack rain gear. Also, have protective eyewear. Unpredictable temperature changes can make things difficult for you or your passenger. Not having eye protection is not only uncomfortable, but it can make your eyes water and disrupt your focus.
- Beware of frost in your area. Wherever you are riding, be mindful of morning and evening frost advisories. Frost makes the road slippery and makes autumn leaves even more so. This can result in a loss of traction and control.
- Keep an eye out for wildlife. Autumn is also “deer season,” meaning that deer are moving and hunters are following. It is also the time of year when animals that hibernate search for food and move to warm spots for the winter. Scan the sides of the road carefully for wildlife, especially deer. Deer are notorious for panicking and running in front of traffic.
- Check out your motorcycle routinely. Changing temperatures and more riding time means more wear on your bike. Routinely check your motorcycle tires, lights, brakes, and oil to ensure it will function as intended.
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