The fall season means the holidays are just around the corner and the weather is getting crisper by the day. The holidays can often mean that more vehicles will be on the roads at once. Heavier traffic and frustrated drivers can lead to danger on the roads. Along with the increase in holiday traffic, those warm summer days have likely come to an end. The rainier season approaches, and in some areas this can even mean snow and ice.
With the decline in road conditions, it’s important that travelers keep safety in mind while headed to see friends and family this fall. Why should you map out your trip before traveling this season?
Particularly if you’ll be taking back roads, it’s a good idea to have an idea of what the road conditions will be like. Is the terrain rocky? Are there any areas that may have flooded recently? Are there any roads under construction at the time you’ll be traveling? Consider these factors and how it might tie into your travel time.
Depending on how long your trek is, the weather could be completely different from one location on your journey than the next. If you’re passing through an area that’s expecting heavy rain, you’ll most likely want to know that information, especially if you’re on a motorcycle.
With your journey mapped out, you’ll be able to calculate approximately how much gas you’ll need to get along the way. Better yet, you can work out in what towns or cities you might need to refill the tank. Keep in mind that if you’re passing through an area where a bad storm has just hit, a power outage will mean no possibility of getting gas.
Know what your route will be and let your loved ones know. In case of an emergency, they’ll have a good idea of where you might be.
If there are any landmarks you’re hoping to see along the way, you’ll be able to figure out the most time- and fuel-efficient ways of getting there. Are there any restaurants where you’re hoping to eat along the way? Keep this in mind when planning.
If a road is unexpectedly blocked or you simply need to re-route your path for whatever reason, make sure you have a plan B ready. Make sure your friends and family know if you have another possible route. If you do need to resort to plan B, give them a call to make them aware of your alternate track.
It’s always a good idea to know where you’re headed before getting on a motorcycle. The majority of motorcycle crashes occur on trips that are less than 5 miles in distance. Having an idea of where you’re going means less confusion on the road and can ultimately mean a safer journey.