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Autumn hazards that motorcyclists should be aware of

For many motorcyclists, it is almost time to put the bike away for the season. However, there are still a few weeks left to enjoy the crisp fall air during a ride through the country. If you are like other motorcycle enthusiasts in Hartford, you likely think that there is nothing better than the open road and a bit of speed under your wheels. At McCoy & McCoy, we understand how much bikers love to ride, as well as the potential dangers they face from traffic and other vehicles sharing the road. We want you to be safe as the weather begins to change.

There are numerous weather-related hazards in autumn that may be exacerbated for motorcyclists. According to Esurance, you can encounter the following conditions during this time of year:

  • Rain and fog
  • Frost and ice on the road at night and in the early morning
  • Mud and slippery fallen leaves
  • Early, unexpected snowfall

Additionally, glare from the sun tends to be particularly bad in the mornings and late afternoons during fall. If you are riding in the country, you might encounter deer on the roads, which are more active this time of year. Also, as you probably already know, it is easier to lose control of your motorcycle in adverse conditions than it is a car. Other drivers may not realize this, and could drive unsafely near your bike or fail to notice you.

During adverse road and weather conditions, it is important to reduce your speed and be aware of potential hazards around you. You should also keep in mind the risks that you face from other drivers. You may learn more about the common dangers to motorcyclists by visiting our motorcycle accident page.

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