Fall Motorcycle Safety Tips For Riding In North Carolina
The summer is quickly coming to an end in North Carolina, which means that fall weather will soon grace us with its presence. The fall is a great time to ride your motorcycle because of the changing colors of the leaves, cooler temperatures, lower humidity, and less traffic. However, dangers still exist for motorcycle riders in the fall, which the team at Brown Moore & Associates, PLLC discuss in today’s blog. If you follow the safety tips outlined here, you should be able to avoid a motorcycle accident. If you find yourself injured in one, be sure to speak with a Charlotte motorcycle accident attorney.
Be Wary of Falling Leaves
Even though Autumn is a great season to enjoy a ride through Charlotte and the surrounding areas on a motorcycle, it is also quite dangerous because of falling leaves. Even if the leaves are not wet from recent rain, they can still wreak havoc on a motorcycle. Piles of leaves can hide hazards like potholes, road debris, and sharp objects that can cause flat tires. Do not dry through piles of leaves and slow down when encountering wet leaves to avoid accidents.
Prepare for Sun Glare
Sun glare isn’t much of an issue in the summer. However, with the Earth in a different position come Autumn, sun glare can become deadly. Sunglasses and tinted motorcycle helmet visors might not do the trick when dealing with sun glare, which is dangerous during sunrise and sunset. If you must ride during these times of day, it might be best to avoid using your motorcycle and instead ride in a vehicle.
Wear the Proper Attire
Riding in Autumn is much different compared to the summer months when it comes to what you can wear. Gone are the days of wearing t-shirts and shorts. With the fluctuating temperatures, you will need to wear a jacket to keep the chill of the wind away, but you should have a t-shirt on underneath in the event that the afternoon sun is strong.
Be on the Lookout for Deer
The mating season for deer in North Carolina is Autumn. This means that deer will be more prevalent wherever you ride. Take note of your surroundings and keep an eye out for deer on the side of the road that might decide to dart out in front of your motorcycle. Deer pose a serious danger to motorcycle riders, who are already without the added protection of a car.
Check Your Motorcycle Prior to Every Ride
Even if you just rode your motorcycle yesterday, you should still check the bike prior to every ride. Make sure that all of the lights are working properly, that the tires are not damaged, and that the engine is running smoothly. Doing so could help you discover an issue that needs attention and could save your life.
Contact a Charlotte Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
If you suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident, it’s time to speak with a Charlotte motorcycle accident attorney. Call the office of Brown Moore & Associates, PLLC toll-free at 800-948-0577, or complete a contact form to schedule a consultation.