Tips for Safe Motorcycle Riding in the Fall


Tips for Safe Motorcycle Riding in the Fall

I’m Ed Smtih, a Fresno motorcycle accident attorney. The fall season is upon us, which means an increased danger for motorcyclists. Here are some important tips for safe motorcycle riding in the fall.

Be on the Lookout for Deer

One of the most important tips we can offer is to be on the lookout for deer. The months of October, November, and December are prime mating months for deer. This is why you see an increased presence wherever you go, especially driving at night in the Fresno area. You need to be mindful of deer and always wear your protective gear, including a helmet. Be sure you routinely check the sides of the road for any deer who might be grazing.

Avoid Wet Leaves

Wet leaves are a problem in the fall for all types of vehicles and motorcycles are no different. Motorcycles are more at risk when it comes to wet leaves due to only having two wheels. Riding over wet leaves can cause your tires to have less traction, which can lead to your bike skidding across the roadway. Even though the “fall colors” are beautiful to look at while on your bike, leaves can become quite the hazard when on the roads. Leaves can also obsure potholes and other hazards that you might not see when on your bike.

Wear Your Leather Gear

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a ride on a motorcycle during the fall season. The air is crisp, cool, and much more enjoyable than the heat of the summer months. Make sure you wear your leather gear during the fall season. It will not only protect you from road rash in the event of an accident but also keep your body at a comfortable temperature. Leather will also help protect your body from the wind.

Brush Up Your Skills

It’s possible that you haven’t taken your bike out for a ride in quite some time. Now that the cooler fall weather is here you’re ready to get back out and enjoy all that Fresno and the surrounding areas have to offer. Before you head out on an adventure it’s best to brush up on your riding skills. You should practice safety as much as possible; it could save your life one day. Practice maneuvers and braking at slow speeds before going for a ride.

Check the Lights

Now more than ever it’s important that you check the lights on your motorcycle. The days are much shorter, which means you will likely be caught riding in the dark. You should ensure that your headlight and brake lights all work prior to every ride. This two-minute safety check can save your life.

Change Tires

It’s likely you had sporty tires installed on your motorcycle for the summer weather. These tires are not suitable for riding in the colder temperatures because they don’t provide enough traction. Switch the tires to touring tires so you get better traction when riding in the cooler temperatures and wet climates of California this fall season.

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