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What to know before motorcycle riding this fall

Have you heard of the Caramel Curves in New Orleans, maybe seeing the feature on the Steve Harvey Show? It is a motorcycle club consisting of all African-American females. The women's passion for motorcycles and decision to wear matching fashion when riding together show just how exciting and unifying the activity can be.

Perhaps they have gotten you to want to take up the biker life. Before you hit the road, however, it is important to know the autumn dangers you may face in the New Orleans area.

Slick roads

This season not only comes with falling leaves, but also falling rain, as it does the rest of the year, too. Both cause roads to be slick, making high speeds and stops riskier. When the streets are wet or leafy, slow down, allow for more room to stop and leave extra space between you and the driver ahead of you. Stay clear of flooded areas, as well.

Poor road conditions

Even without seasonal hazards, New Orleans roads are not in the best condition. Cracks, potholes and debris can result in you getting into an accident.

Bad drivers

Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than other vehicles. Add in typical Louisiana drivers and it is no wonder that bikers have higher rates of accident and injury than other motorists. NOLA shares some common dangerous habits and mistakes native passenger-car drivers make:

  • Going under the speed limit in the passing lane
  • Merging onto the freeway incorrectly
  • Failing to use turn signals
  • Not knowing how to share the road with bikers and cyclists

Remember to watch out for streetcars, too. 

Stay safe

Riding a motorcycle can be both exhilarating and safe, but you do not have to sacrifice one for the other. Be smart and defensive in your driving, wear proper gear and follow the advice of veteran bikers to ensure a safe ride.

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