Most motorcyclists will undergo significant training prior to becoming
a licensed motorcycle rider. Licensing for such is a New York requirement
and it is just plain common sense. The basic safety and training courses
get riders comfortable with motorcycle riding and teach safety skills.
They also teach riders about safety equipment and how to use it properly.
Of course, this entire training means little if riders are not willing
to practice safe riding techniques. The
experienced Poughkeepsie motorcycle accident attorneys here want to remind riders about safety and to help riders understand
how the autumn season is a time for unique care when riding.
Beginner course are wonderful, but if you have not taken a course in a
while, consider a refresher course to avoid
motorcycle accidents. New techniques are always being taught and there exists new safety equipment
to learn about. If your training was more recent, consider an advanced
course. Now is the perfect time for these courses because you will be
reminded about dealing with inclement weather.
Autumn is when the days become shorter. Riders may find themselves on the
road well after dark and high visibility gear can improve their visibility
to other motorists. The temperatures are colder and motorcycle garments
appropriate for colder temperatures should be put in use. This includes
proper eye protection.
The roadways will also be covered with leaves during the fall season. Such
obscures road hazards. Leaves are also very slick when wet. These conditions
should trigger an alarm for motorcyclists. Begin to think about riding
differently to protect yourself from
For example, brake the bike with both the front and rear brakes so that
greater control over the motorcycle is exercised. Do this in combination
with downshifting. Keep a greater distance from other vehicles as well.
Motorcyclists should also consider adjusting their tire pressure.
Consider reading the motorcycle manual to understand how the bike may operate
differently under colder and wetter weather conditions. Remember that
temperature will affect how tires perform; some tires are better for warmer
weather and may need more time to warm-up for better traction. The manual
will instruct riders on proper tire use and maintenance.
Other unique hazards of the autumn season relate to wildlife and sun glare.
For example, deer migrate during this time. The sun also sits lower and
creates more of a glare. Therefore, it can be harder to see the road itself,
other motorists, hazards, and the like.
Motorcycle accidents in the fall become common due to many cyclists riding
up and down the highways looking at the foliage. Read more about these
unique issues in
our article available here. Learn more about motorcycle accidents in the fall and liability by reading
our last blog post available here. Read about apportioning fault in autumn motorcycle accidents in
our blog post available here. No-Fault laws do not apply to motorcycle accidents, but find out more
about that in
our blog post by clicking here.
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