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Here comes the autumn

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IAM’s head of riding standards and advanced motorcyclist, Peter Rodger, is offering monthly motorcycling tips. This month, he is advising on getting ready for the autumn.  

• Check your battery is full charged and is in good condition. The colder the weather, the more work it has to do.
• Give your tyres the once over. You’ll be relying on them to be in a good state, especially in the damp and wet weather.
• Add to your summer gear. It’s important to have a set of waterproof overalls for the wet weather.
• The rain will inevitably affect the riding conditions. Allow more of a following distance.
• Don’t ride into puddles; they could conceal a pothole or other hazards.
• Riding in low sun can make it difficult to see ahead – be prepared, not surprised, and try to keep your eyes shaded.  

Rodger said: “As the cold weather takes its toll on the roads, you’ll find that lying water becomes additional hazard as it hides cracks in the surface as well disguising the depth of any holes. Look well ahead to negotiate potholes so that you don’t get caught out by one.”  

The IAM has launched a new website, for biking advice and tips with traffic updates, touring advice by country and all you need to know about events and local groups. Tips cover riding with pillions, in groups and night riding. There’s also a videos page and you can upload your touring photos and stories - get involved at

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