Autumn is here, which means that it is a good time to talk about motorcycle safety through the seasonal change and holiday season. Autumn is beautiful, and this may be a time of year when you travel often to see friends and family, but that doesn’t mean that it’s particularly safe for you as a motorcyclist.
In fact, there are many hazards caused by seasonal changes. While you might not run into ice very often, you should watch out for leaves scattered on the road. Even if they aren’t slick, they could hide damage underneath that may cause a crash.
If you’ll be traveling in the mountainous areas, make sure you have winter or all-weather tires on your motorcycle. Dress for the weather, too. While you might be warmer in the daytime, nighttime temperatures could sneak up on you. Temperatures in the 40s or 50s can still feel extremely cold when you’re riding at night.
Holiday traffic should draw your concern
Remember that October, November, December and January are all busy holiday months. From Halloween to New Years’ Day, there are multiple drinking holidays. Always drive sober or prepare to get a safe ride home otherwise. Try to avoid driving in the city or at night on those holidays, too, so you minimize the risk of a collision with a drunk driver or tourist unfamiliar with the region.
These are a few things to consider as you drive through the next few months. If you are struck by a negligent driver, remember that you have the option of making a claim for compensation for your injuries and losses.