Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating activity, but it is also inherently dangerous. Due to the lack of a chassis and other components to protect the driver, motorcyclists who get into a crash are usually the most seriously injured accident victims. For this reason, riders must adhere to strict safety measures to avoid common causes of motorcycle accidents. Our New York motorcycle accident attorneys are here to provide some riding safety tips based on each season.
We’ve just entered the spring season, so the weather is slowly beginning to warm up in New York. As people head outdoors to take advantage of the rising temperatures, the number of people on motorcycles also increases. The urge to speed and otherwise ride recklessly typically increases after taking your bike out for the first ride of the year—resist that urge and ride defensively to counter riders who don’t.
Spring is the rainiest season in Oneonta. The slipperiest time during rainfall is in the first few minutes—this is when oil residue gets picked up by the falling water and floats to the top of puddles—so reduce your speed or pull over and wait out the rain. If you have to ride during rainfall, increase your following distance behind other vehicles for maximum safety.
Summertime weather is even more conducive to riding, but June is also the wettest month in Oneonta. Continue to exercise caution on rainy days.
On hot days, don’t ditch the layers entirely. Motorcyclists should always dress in long sleeves and pants to protect themselves from the elements as well as scrapes in case they fall or get knocked off. Purchase ventilated and moisture-wicking clothing so you don’t suffer from dehydration. Also, make sure you have plenty of water.
Autumn is Oneonta’s driest season, so you likely won’t need your rain gear this time of year. However, falling leaves can be a hazard, especially on rural roads—they may obscure obstacles on the ground like potholes If your path is obscured in any way while riding, slow down and drive carefully. Also, keep your eyes peeled for animals like deer in the roads, as they are extra active stocking up for winter.
Freezing temperatures, biting wind, falling snow, and slick ice don’t make for the best riding conditions. This time of year, it’s best to keep your motorcycle in the garage until spring comes around again.
If you do choose to ride in the winter, however, take extra precautions. Here are some recommendations:
- Check your tires to ensure they have enough tread to handle icy roads
- Check that your tires are properly inflated—cold weather can cause the pressure to drop
- Drive slowly, as traveling at high speeds can increase the rate at which your body losses heat
- Keep your body warm and protected with insulted gear, including a full-coverage face mask
We hope that you drive safely during this and every season!