Winter is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on one of your favorite pastimes, motorcycle driving. However, driving a motorcycle during the winter comes with unique challenges and dangers. Here are some tips on avoiding motorcycle accidents during the winter.
Look Out for Black Ice and Cracks
There are many potential pitfalls on the road during the winter. Ice is the most dangerous of them all, and black ice can be hard to see. Don’t go too fast and keep an eye on the road. Also be aware that new cracks may appear on roads you are familiar with, which can be caused by snow plows.
Salt and Motorcycle Tires Don’t Go Together
Salt can cause your motorcycle tires to lose traction. Try to avoid riding on areas with a lot of salt, and wash down your tires regularly to get any salt off.
Keep Those Tires Pumped
When your tires freeze, they lose traction quickly. To combat this, always check that your tires have sufficient air pressure before riding your motorcycle. Be aware that too much air can decrease traction as well.
You need to be warm and covered. If even just parts of your body, such as your hands, become frozen, you can quickly become fatigued and/or lose concentration. This can lead to dangerous consequences.
Make Yourself Visible
Make sure that cars and pedestrians can spot you easily, even during snowy or cloudy weather. Keep your lights on and wear reflective gear.
Of course, you should always stay up to date on the latest weather predictions.
If you were a victim of a collision, you may be able to sue for compensation. For more information, please contact us.