Every day in the fall, we're getting closer and closer to the end of motorcycle season. Before you know it, ice and snow will mean it's time to put the bike away for the winter.
However, even the fall can bring about new dangers. You must know how to ride safely.
For one thing, the days are growing shorter. Your commute may happen in the dark, even though it was light out at the same time in July. Those long days of summer are gone for another year.
On top of that, the weather is getting colder. You have to contend with rain, which can make the roads wet and slick. You may get storms and wind that will hammer your bike on the highway. As the leaves begin to fall, wet piles of slippery leaves pose far more of a problem for a motorcyclist than someone in a car.
The trick to staying safe is to be extra vigilant. Slow down. Always obey the speed limit. Look out for hazards at all times. The summer makes it easy to trust the dry road and ride in a carefree, relaxed manner. You should still enjoy the ride in the fall, but it's time to dial in and pay more attention to your environment. That can help you avoid an accident.
Of course, you always face risks from drivers and other riders who are not as prepared as you are. If any of them act negligently and cause an accident that puts you in the hospital, make sure you know if you have a right to seek out financial compensation.