Autumn on Long Island offers some of the best motorcycle riding possible. After all, when temperatures drop a bit, you can explore the city while feeling a crisp breeze on your face. Still, weather anywhere in New York can be unpredictable, especially during October and November.
Motorcycle accidents are not exactly rare in New York. While a motorcycle crash can occur during any month of the year, inclement weather in the fall and winter make roads increasingly dangerous for riders. If you do not want to park your bike when temperatures fall, you must know how to stay safe. Here are some suggestions.
- Wear warm gear
To control your motorcycle, you need your hands and feet. As you likely know, during cold riding conditions, your feet and fingers can become numb. A cold wind on your face may also make your vision blurry. As such, you should always wear weather-appropriate gear every time you ride. A good pair of gloves, a warm jacket and a helmet with a face shield may make all the difference.
- Increase your visibility
When skies are gray or fog rolls in, other motorists may have difficulty distinguishing between your motorcycle and the roadway. Therefore, before riding in inclement weather, you should think about your visibility to other drivers. Adding additional reflectors or lights is likely to help. Also, when choosing riding apparel, opt for high-visibility or bright colors.
- Inspect your motorcycle
Keeping your bike in tip-top shape is an effective way to stay safe throughout the year. Still, motorcycle maintenance becomes arguably more important during dicey weather. Before heading out on your bike, check tire quality and pressure. Also, make sure your motorcycle’s braking system and engine are functioning optimally.
Avoiding a motorcycle accident requires skill and caution. Still, during cooler fall and winter months, you likely need to exercise additional care to reach your destination without incident. With a bit of planning, you can likely ensure your autumn rides are both fun and safe.