With winter fast approaching, many riders will continue to commute on their motorcycles either out of necessity or based on the confidence they have in their experience level. Unfortunately, no one is impervious to the hazards created by poor weather.
Whether a motorcycle rider relies on his or her bike as a method of transportation or he or she is simply caught off guard by a storm that springs up while already out, here are some tips to remember about winter riding:
- Reduce your speed: While this might seem like a given, it is crucial to make it a bad weather mantra. By reducing your speed, you not only give yourself more time to process information such as stopped traffic, but you also increase your own safety cushion for stopping distance on slick roads.
- Recognize the decrease in traction: The colder weather means cold tires which means less traction. The less grip your tires have, the more chance of losing control and skidding along the icy roads.
- Know your resources: It is wise to research motorcycle tow and repair services in your region. You can build relationships by taking your motorcycle in for minor services and keep their contact information saved in your phone in case you need help on a snowy road.
- Don’t force yourself to brave the elements: Your natural inclination might be to power through the poor weather and get home from wherever you happen to be, but this isn’t the safest choice. Look at the weather reports to see if you can wait the storm out. If not, you might be forced to catch a ride with a friend or fire up a ridesharing app.
- Stock up on the right gear: When the weather turns nasty, it is better to be warm and safe than stylish. Consider wearing heated gear and layers. It might take a few times to get used to the added steps of connecting the electronic gear, but you will appreciate the warmth.
Motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries such as brain damage, broken bones, spinal cord damage, paralysis and amputation. Whether the collision involves another vehicle or a stationary object, you will likely face severe consequences. Remember these tips and stay safe on the road.