Fall weather is an enjoyable part of autumn in Houston, especially when so much of the summer has blazing heat. The good thing about fall weather is that it's cooler and easier to head out on your motorcycle. The tricky part is the increase in rainy conditions and the potential for falling leaves. On top of that, animals are more prominent on and around the roads in the fall.
Roads become more dangerous for many reasons, but it's vital for you to know what to expect no matter what time of year it is. Here's a little more about what to be on the lookout for come fall.
Breeding season for deer
Autumn is breeding season for deer, which means that there is the possibility that there will be does, bucks and even potentially early-born fawns on or around the roads. As a motorcyclist, you have better control of avoiding a deer that ends up in the road, since your motorcycle has a smaller profile than a car. The problem is that if you strike the animal, you're more likely to suffer injuries. Slow down and keep a watchful eye to avoid a crash.
Falling and gathering leaves
In the fall, leaves break off their stems and end up in the streets. While this isn't a huge risk if there are only a few, piles of leaves can make the roads slick. It's a good idea to slow down if you see a leaves gathering, since they can be slick and cause your motorcycle to slide.
Autumn rain showers
While snow is uncommon in most parts of Texas, rainfall is still a hazard along with the potential for sleet. Like with leaves or slick roads, snow, sleet and rain make it more likely for you to lose friction beneath your tires. If that happens, it's harder to slow down, stop and brake in an emergency.
The best way to avoid injuries due to weather and road conditions is simply to slow down and to check the weather before you head out for the day. As the weather affects you, it will also affect other drivers on the roads. Be aware that other people are also less likely to be able to stop or may be forced to brake suddenly for large animals. Being observant and prepared for sudden emergency situations and poor weather can help everyone avoid serious collisions this fall. Remember, your safety as a motorcyclist relies on your ability to prepare and protect yourself.