The colourful leaves have started to fall and the scenery on your motorcycle ride is stunning. But – did you know that fall introduces you to deer season dangers?
In an effort to keep you safe while riding your motorcycle this fall, we are providing you with some safety tips for deer season.
#1 Safety Gear is the New BlackLet’s be honest, safety gear is always important while riding your motorcycle! Never ride without your helmet and ensure it’s the proper fit. Full-face motorcycle helmets are a good idea for the fall season. Protect your legs and arms and always wear long pants and jackets. Make sure you wear your boots and gloves, too.
#2 Don’t Ignore the SignsAlways be on the lookout for deer near the sides of the road, especially on highways and in areas that have deer crossing signs. If you see one deer, chances are there are more nearby so slow down. Typically, deer are most active during dusk and dawn so be extra vigilant while riding your motorcycle during these times of the day.
#3 Avoid Swerving
It goes without saying that you should do your best to avoid hitting a deer if you happen to see one on the road during your motorcycle ride. Slow down so that you can avoid swerving as deer can be unpredictable. One suggestion is to ride with your hands covering the brakes so you can start braking the moment you spot a deer. You should also practice emergency stops so you are prepared.
#4 Spread Out
If you’re riding your motorcycle in a group, it’s good practice to spread out during group rides. This is especially important if you are riding in the early evening during the fall. Spacing out riders means that you can help prevent one rider from colliding with others if someone must brake quickly.
#5 Antilock Brakes + Headlights
Antilock Braking Systems (ABS) can help you maintain better control of your motorcycle if you ever must stop quickly to avoid hitting a deer. ABS help to prevent a motorcycle’s wheels from locking during a hard brake so consider investing in a motorcycle that has ABS. You should also ensure your headlights are bright enough; brighter lights can help you spot deer further down the road.