If you own a motorcycle and plan to ride it this winter, you need to make sure you take the time to prepare yourself for harsh weather conditions. From heavy winds to snowfall, riding in the winter can be miserable if you don’t know what to expect. Here are five safety tips you should consider if are a motorcyclist:
#1: Wear the Right Gear
If you want to be comfortable while riding this winter, then you need to make sure you layer your clothes and gear. If you are riding in freezing conditions, you should wear an additional jacket over your base layers to create an insulation barrier. When it comes to outer gear, it needs to be waterproof and breathable. To keep your hands warm, you can use glove base layers with heated grips. The helmet you use should also be tightly-sealed with a fog-free face-shield.
#2: Motorcycle Prep
Make sure your bike has these basics before you get on the road this winter:
- Heated grips
- Fresh antifreeze
- Adventure-style riding pegs
#3: Check Your Tires
Cold weather can have a major impact on your tire traction. Even a brief stop at an intersection during the winter can cool your tires and result in less traction. If you are going for a ride, make sure you check the tread and pressure on your tires first.
#4: Be Aware of Salt on the Road
Salt can be just as dangerous as ice for motorcyclists, so keep an eye out for crystalized appearances on the road. Salt can also cause your motorcycle to rust, so whenever you get the opportunity, give it a good wash to remove as much salt as possible.
#5: If It Snows, Get Home
If you are riding and it starts to snow, you need to get home. If you are far from your home, then get to a safe place nearby and wait until the weather conditions improve. Snow can accumulate quickly and make the roads extremely slippery, which is why you should consider buying studded snow tires.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Serving Waterbury
Although it can be difficult to ride your motorcycle during the winter, the safety tips we discussed can help you get through this time of year safely. At Fitzpatrick Mariano Santos Sousa P.C., we are committed to helping clients recover maximum compensation for their motorcycle accident injuries. If you or someone you know has suffered serious bodily injury in a motorcycle accident, then you need to get in touch with our lawyers to discuss all of your options under the law.
Give us a call today at (203) 583-8299 to set up your free consultation.