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The Do's and Don'ts of Fall Motorcycle Riding

Fall is one of the best times to get out on your bike and experience the beauty of nature. There is no better way to see the fall foliage than a ride through our beautiful state. 

For many riders, there is nothing quite like a long, relaxing ride in the brisk air. Although the conditions appear to be ideal, fall poses risks for motorcyclists. These five safety recommendations provided are a reminder for motorcyclists to help preserve them and to keep other motorists safe.

  1. Leaves on roads. Dry leaves, although very beautiful, can camouflage potholes and other road defects. Wet leaves cause pavement surfaces to become slick. Try to avoid these kinds of situations whenever you can. If you approach a pile of leaves on the road, try your best to drive slowly until you are past the obstacle.
  2. Shorter days. As fall arrives, the days start to get shorter. The glare can be distracting, even with quality sunglasses. Be certain that the bulbs in your headlights, brake lights and turn signals are all working. Reduce your speed and take the time for extra breaks to give your eyes a chance to rest.
  3. Deer migration and mating season. Autumn is mating and migration season for deer. For that reason, the roads are likely to be filled with more deer, making riders more likely to collide with them. Use extra caution to watch for deer, especially at dusk and nighttime.
  4. Cold tires. For riders with sporty tires, fall is a dangerous season to be riding. Sportier tires have much softer rubber than touring tires. In the cold weather we see in fall, these tires become hard and lose traction. Be sure to reduce your speed and ride with extra caution.
  5. Fewer riders out. It is a common concern for all riders that car drivers do not see them. With the seasons changing, many car drivers expect to see even less bikes on the road. Be more cautious and alert. Make yourself as conspicuous as possible and do not assume that they see you.

Following these guidelines can help you make the most of your fall riding season and enjoy the weather before any snow sets in. As you are out enjoying the beauty of fall, help spread awareness about pedestrian safety and remind others to “Watch for Motorcycles” with a FREE bumper sticker available here!

If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to utilize the expertise of a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer at Hupy and Abraham. For more information, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 or start a live chat 24/7 at Hupy.com.

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