No matter what time of year you ride your motorcycle, it’s important to be able to adjust to the season and weather conditions. Drivers may not always expect you to be on the roads on cold or wet days, and you need to be able to adapt the way you drive to adjust.
Here are some ideas for staying safe on the road in the spring, summer, winter and fall. Remember, if you are hit by someone and it was their fault, you can take steps to hold them accountable.
In the spring, it tends to rain. There is still a risk of black ice, especially in the mornings when temperatures may not be above freezing. As a motorcyclist, your priority should be driving at a safe speed, so that you can stop or slow down if ice or snow are present. Wear water-resistant or waterproof gear, too, so that you can stay warm and focused while you drive.
Other drivers are more likely to notice motorcyclists in the summer months since it’s warm enough to expect motorcyclists on the road. In the summer, you may be tempted to shun your helmet or leather gear, but it’s a better idea to stay in your full-body gear and to put your helmet on tightly in case you’re hit. With an increase in tourist traffic, you should stay focused on what’s going on around you and be prepared to stop or take evasive action.
In autumn, you will need to contend with falling leaves, wet roads and slick bridges. Fog may be noticeable around waterways, too. Waterproof gear will help keep you dry. Wear bright colors to stand out against the road and foliage.
Finally, in winter, you may need to deal with the occasional snowstorm or ice. Consider buying all-season or winter-weather tires for your motorcycle if you plan to drive. Temperatures are colder when you’re riding, too, so consider clothing that is layered or that has heating built in.
Drivers may be less likely to see you in the winter or spring months, so always wear bright colors and be aware of what’s happening around you. Your vigilance could help you prevent a motorcycle crash.