Even though motorcycling can be more dangerous during the winter months, it doesn’t mean you need to put your favorite toy back in storage. In North and South Carolina, riders can enjoy their motorcycles year-round, but they must also consider the various safety risks posed in colder temperatures. In addition to staying warm and making sure that riding is comfortable, you should also make sure that your bike is properly maintained and that you are trained for winter riding conditions.
Whether you are heading north or the temperatures dip in your hometown, here are some tips to keep you safe for motorcycling this winter:
Wear proper clothing and don’t forget to layer. Staying warm will ensure that you are also alert and thinking clearly while out riding. Make sure that you have base layers that allow your skin to breath, including full legs and sleeves. If you begin to sweat while on your ride, you want to make sure that your base layers aren’t making you colder. The best base layer clothing will deflect moisture and help sweat to evaporate. Outer gear should be wind, rain and snow proof. Don’t forget your gloves and boots.
Prep your ride. Make sure that your motorcycle is safe and properly prepared for winter. According to experts, you will need a windscreen and hand-guards for cold-weather riding. There are also heated sport grips on the market. You will also need to make sure you have enough anti-freeze and make sure your hoses are running properly running to prevent a busted radiator. Riding pegs are also a good addition to provide grip, even under the slickest riding conditions.
Know your tires. Remember that your tires should be replaced when the thread wears down and inspected for correct pressure. Also, be prepared for cold-weather tires. Remember that the colder your tires, the more limited your traction. Speed can create friction and heat, but even short stops can cool your tires, causing you to lose traction. To increase heat in your tires, you can accelerate and then decelerate quickly. And the traction in your tires will be even more critical when riding on ice or snow.
Cold weather hazards. Motorcyclists need to be prepared for any unexpected hazards on the road. Remember that salt, cracks, and black ice are your enemy. Salt can reduce traction, causing you to slide. Potholes and other cracks can also pose a huge risks to motorcyclists and they can worsen or appear over the winter months. Our Raleigh motorcycle accident attorneys understand the risk face by riders and hope to create awareness to prevent accidents and injuries. Always steer clear of black ice.
Be wary of visibility issues. Riders will always have to be more cautious than other motorists when it comes to visibility. The issue is even more critical during the winter months when it is darker and especially if there is fog, rain or snow. The earlier you can identify any hazard, the better you will be at protecting yourself and steering away from other vehicles or objects.
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