As fall has arrived, it’s an important time to talk about riding your motorcycle around fallen leaves. While they might not seem very dangerous, the truth is that piles of wet leaves can be slick and lead to collisions for cars and motorcycles alike.
To stay on the road, your vehicle needs to have friction with the road below. If the tires can’t get a good grip, then you’re more likely to slide and find yourself struggling to maintain control.
Riding in autumn always has its challenges. As you go out during this season, remember that you can stay safer if you look for leaves of any kind on the road. If you see them piled up, try to avoid them. Plan your routes so that you have an idea of where you can travel without running into piles of wet leaves or other debris on the roads.
Throughout the season, it’s a good idea to slow down if you see obstacles that you think could cause a crash, like leaves, ice or snow. Slick surfaces are more likely during autumn as it moves into winter, so stay alert when you drive, and be prepared to slow down as you approach those hazards.
Though leaves are hazardous, they’re not all you have to worry about. If you do wreck, you don’t want to have your skin exposed. Remember to put on your leather or riding gear, and wear warm attire for the chilly autumn nights. That way, if you do end up wrecking, you’ll have more protection against road rash and impacts.
If another driver slides and collides with you, you may be able to pursue a claim. Remember, it is everyone’s responsibility to stay safe on the roads.