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Motorcycle riding dangers change with the season

Motorcycle riding dangers change with the season

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Motorcycle riding dangers change with the season

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Residents of Southern states often enjoy favorable weather well into the last months of the year. The added days without bitter temperatures also extend the riding season for Mobile motorcyclists. However, it’s easy for even the most experienced motorcyclists to forget every season creates new, potential riding hazards.

The transition from summer to fall can feel slow. Daylight hours are trimmed back just a minute or two at a time. Warm daytime temperatures can plummet at night and around mid-fall, bright leaves start spilling from the trees.

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Fall can be more dangerous for motorcyclists

  • In summer, rain can be the biggest weather worry for motorcyclists. As autumn deepens, some Alabama riders have to be concerned about icy patches especially during pre-dawn and evening hours. Cold temperatures and wet weather can create slick bridges, ramps and shaded roads.
  • Cold weather also affects motorcycle traction. The soft rubber of sport tires is ideally suited to warm-weather riding — traction decreases as tires cool. The colder weather also takes a toll on motorcyclists, who may be more fatigued by changes in temperature than they realize after a ride.
  • Sun glare can be a constant issue for riders during the shorter days of autumn, when the sun is positioned lower in the sky. Due to shorter hours of daylight, motorcyclists who generally ride when the sun is shining may find themselves forced to navigate roads at twilight or in the dark.
  • The chances of a motorcycle accident involving a deer rise during the fall, when movements among the deer population increase. Fallen autumn leaves disguise road hazards like bumps and potholes and when wet, become extremely slippery.

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Autumn Can Be Dangerous For Motorcycle Riders

Visibility is crucial to rider safety year-round but may never be more important than during autumn, when drivers don’t expect to see motorcycles. Careless drivers are year-round hazards. Fortunately, negligent drivers can be held accountable for causing injuries through motorcycle accident claims in Alabama civil courts.

Source: Liz Jansen, “10 Hazards with Autumn Motorcycle Riding,” Liz Jansen, accessed Sep. 24, 2015

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