It is understandable why some bike riders are still active in the fall time. While summer may be the optimal season for some, the cooler weather in autumn might feel more refreshing and the leaves changing colors means there will be some gorgeous natural sites on the road.
However, the seasonal change also means there will be more obstacles that bicyclists need preparation for. Even if Georgia is not one of the coldest states in the nation, residents should still treat the changing temperature and environment very carefully.
Avoid leaves when you can
The leaves may be pretty to look at, but they present serious risks to any cyclist strolling by. Leaves are often wet and slippery, and they could cover up more potential hazards that could damage your wheels if you are not careful. They tend to build up on sidewalks, so chances are you will have to go on the road a lot to proceed. Georgia legally classifies bicycles as vehicles, so other motorists should treat you as such and maintain a safe distance from you if they drive behind you or past you.
Get ready for the cold
While you should already be dressing warm to keep yourself safe from the temperature drops, you also need to keep an eye on your tire pressure. Colder weather will cause tire pressure to decrease and harden their rubber, so chances are you are going to inflate your tires to the optimal level many times this season if you want to get out often.
Dress for the dark
The sun also starts coming down earlier around this time of year as well. Georgia requires every bicycle to be equipped with a white light to emit from a distance of 300 feet to the front and a red light that needs approval from the Department of Public Safety. You should also avoid wearing dark attire as it could make your body practically invisible to the other drivers and focus on brighter, reflective clothing.
Unfortunately, there are negligent drivers out there that not all bicyclists can prepare for. Bicyclists hurt by careless motorists could receive serious life-changing conditions such as traumatic brain injuries and broken bones. If you took as much safety precautions as you can but still end up in a motor vehicle accident, you should call an attorney that specializes in pedestrian accidents in Georgia.