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How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Autumn

by Jared Staver in Motorcycle Accidents

Riding a motorcycle is the ideal way to enjoy the autumn season. If you’re planning on riding your motorcycle this fall, you should make sure to follow the below motorcycle safety tips in order to ensure your and others safety on the road.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident because of someone else, call our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at (312) 236-2900 today to schedule a free consultation.

Be on the Lookout for Leaves

Although leaves are beautiful in the fall, they can be hazardous to motorcycle riders when they are on the ground. Dry leaves may pile up on the road and cover potholes, curbs, or other road hazards and increase your risk of getting into an accident. Wet leaves are also dangerous because they create slippery roads and may make it difficult for you to control your motorcycle.

Watch Out for Deer

Deer are usually more active in the fall because they are in search of food or running away from hunters who have pushed them into a new area. You should always wear protective gear prior to riding your motorcycle and look for deer on the sides of roads, especially during dusk and dawn when deer move the most.

Dress Appropriately

Since the fall is known for its fluctuating temperatures, it’s essential to dress appropriately to counter these sudden changes. You should wear a leather jacket to keep you warm and dress in layers or wear heated clothing.

Opt for Touring Tires

You should refrain from riding a motorcycle that’s equipped with sporty, summer tires comprised of soft rubber. While riding in the fall, you should ensure your motorcycle has touring tires that offer good traction in a variety of weather conditions.

Turn on Your Lights

The fall season means shorter days. For this reason, you should ensure your headlights, brake lights, and turn lights are working properly and always turned on while you are riding in the dark. Ensuring your lights are on will make you more visible to other motorists and reduce your risk of getting into an accident.

Be Extra Cautious of Frost and Icy Road Surfaces

Chilly autumn evenings lead to morning frost, which can leave a thin layer of ice on the road. When you are riding your motorcycle in the early mornings, you should ride slower than usual to avoid losing traction and causing an accident.

Perform a Mechanical Inspection

You should perform a mechanical inspection of your motorcycle, especially if you rode it throughout the summer. During this inspection, check to make sure all of your parts and controls are functioning correctly and your tires have good air pressure and tread.

Injured in an Autumn Motorcycle Accident? Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If you are involved in a fall motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should contact our experienced Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys immediately. We will evaluate your case and discuss your legal rights. You may be eligible to collect compensation for your damages.

Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation at (312) 236-2900.