Autumn is definitely here and it won’t be long before the leaves on the trees are showing their colors. If you enjoy riding your motorcycle, this is a grand time to get in a little sightseeing before winter hits — but be careful. Motorcyclists face some unique hazards in the fall that aren’t around the rest of the year.
Go ahead and plan your leaf-watching adventure, but do it safely. Remember these tips:
- Prepare for early nights: The sun is going down earlier, so you need to plan your route in a way that won’t have you fighting the glare from an early sunset.
- Watch out for deer: It’s mating and migration season. If you’re in a rural area (which is best for leaf-watching), be particularly cautious — especially in the hours closest to dusk or dawn.
- Use the right tires: Sports tires have softer rubber that grips the ground, but that grip disappears when the weather gets cold. Put touring tired on your bike for the fall and winter.
- Beware of wet leaves and hidden holes: All of those gorgeous leaves can end up hiding flaws in the road, including dangerous potholes. You also have to be wary of the fact that wet leaves can make your tires suddenly slip.
- Aim for extra visibility: Between the early nightfall and the fact that there are fewer motorcyclists about this time of the year, you need to amp up your visibility. Drivers in passenger cars and trucks won’t be looking for you, so you need to draw their attention.
Most likely, your leaf-watching will go smoothly. If it doesn’t, however, and you’re injured in a wreck due to another party’s negligence, take steps to secure your future. Talk to an attorney about what it takes to get fair compensation.