As the weather finally cools down in Texas, riders are taking longer, more comfortable journeys, including solo and organized rides to the October Texas Hill Country Rally, the November Lone Star Rally in Galveston, and other popular Fall events throughout the state. Others are making longer treks to Bike to berfest in Daytona Beach and St. Pete Beach Bike Fest 2023, which requires more planning and preparation to ride safely.
As fall moves into full swing, motorcycle safety is crucial for riders in Texas and nationwide. The autumn season presents unique challenges for motorcyclists due to changing weather conditions, shorter daylight hours, and potential hazards on the road.
Here, our Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys discuss essential fall safety tips for riders everywhere.
Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riders Enjoying the Autumn Weather
As the weather changes in Texas, gearing up for the season is vital for a comfortable and safe ride.
Wear appropriate protective gear, including a DOT-approved helmet, riding jacket, gloves, pants, and sturdy over-the-ankle boots. Wear layers so they can be easily removed for unseasonably warm rides and to stay warm in the cooler temperatures.
Check Your Motorcycle
- Perform a thorough pre-ride motorcycle inspection, including brakes, tires, lights, signals, and fluids.
- Maintain proper tire pressure to ensure adequate traction. Cooler fall temperatures can cause tire pressure to drop.
- Ensure your bike is in good working condition, as colder weather can affect its performance.
Watch for Wet Leaves & Changing Weather and Road Conditions
- Check the weather forecast before each ride. Be prepared for rain, fog, or other adverse weather conditions.
- Ride slightly slower in the fall, as roads can be slippery due to fallen leaves, rain, or frost.
- Wet leaves can be slippery, especially when riding over them. Approach leaf-covered roads with caution and avoid sudden braking or sharp turns.
- Look for potholes, gravel, or debris on the road, which can become more prevalent in the fall.
- Increase your following distance to give yourself more time to react to changing road conditions.
- Be gentle with your brakes to avoid skidding on slippery surfaces. Practice smooth, controlled braking to maintain stability.
Mind the Reduced Daylight
- As fall progresses, daylight hours shorten. Be aware of changing light conditions and wear reflective gear to enhance visibility. Daylight savings time changes Sunday, November 5, this year, so it will get dark earlier.
- Use your motorcycle’s headlights, even during the day, to increase your visibility to other road users.
Beware of Wildlife
- Wildlife, including deer, raccoons, and other creatures, may become more active in the fall. Be vigilant, especially during dawn and dusk, when animals are most active.
Avoid Distracted Riding
- Stay focused on the road and traffic.
- Assume that other drivers may not see you. Stay vigilant and be prepared to react to unexpected actions by other road users.
- Avoid texting, talking on the phone, or adjusting your music while riding.
Consider Taking a Safety Course
- Consider taking a Texas motorcycle safety course near you to improve your riding skills and learn how to handle challenging fall conditions. Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys regularly sponsors Accident Scene Management courses at Cowboy Harley Davidson in Austin.
- Follow Biker Wolfpack Law to participate in an upcoming sponsored Accident Scene Management Course.
By following these fall motorcycle safety tips, Austin riders can enjoy scenic fall rides while minimizing the risks associated with the changing season. Remember that safe riding practices and preparation are essential to a safe and enjoyable riding experience.
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