January tends to be the coldest month and it is important that you learn to ride your motorcycle safely during this time.
Most accidents that occur in winter are preventable but it is up to you to ensure that you take proper preventative measures to ensure they don’t happen. Motorcyclists are often viewed as careless drivers so when an accident occurs, people blame the motorcyclist even when they are not at fault.
Motorcycle accidents can occur due to hazardous road conditions or severe weather. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car passenger fatalities are less likely to occur than motorcycle rider fatalities.
This can be attributed to the fact that motorcycles are small and can fall out of view of large vehicles. Drivers can change lanes without knowledge that a motorcycle could be behind them.
In addition, the way motorcyclists maneuver and respond to weather conditions is different from how car drivers do. When a driver pulls up in front of a motorcyclist unexpectedly, they can cause them to crash because they didn’t have sufficient reaction time.
Given the high rate of motorcyclist fatalities, below is a summary of some tips you can use to ride your motorcycle safely this winter.
How You Can Ride Your Motorcycle Safely This Winter?
1. Wear Proper Gear
First, it is important that you wear the right gear for riding in cold weather. It is important to dress in clothes that give you warmth and wick away moisture at the same time. As you can imagine, it can be very difficult to operate a motorcycle safely when your feet and hands are stiff from the cold.
Proper riding gear helps you prevent accidents that occur as a result of inability to maneuver the motorcycle due to physical effects of the cold. Don’t forget to protect your face and your eyes from the cold.
2. Ride Defensively
During wintertime, dangerous riding behavior is even more dangerous because it is paired with problematic weather conditions. This is not the time to start racing your Harley Davidson because the roads are more slippery and chances of crashing into other motorists are very high.
You should therefore ride defensively enough to spot dangerous riders and avoid crashing into them.
3. Check The Weather Forecast
Make sure you check weather reports and the road condition before you take your motorcycle out for a ride. Snow can be very dangerous to a motorcycle so if there’s a chance that there might be a snow storm, it’s best to leave the motorcycle behind and take the car
4. Avoid Road Hazards
Road hazards include debris or slick road conditions. Make sure you take time to learn about how to handle your motorcycle safely when presented with these road hazards. For instance, how are you supposed to handle your motorcycle when on a slippery road?
Slick surfaces are dangerous especially when you are making a turn. Your motorcycle is unstable in nature, smaller and lighter. This means that when you slide on the road, you can easily get into an accident.
5. Check Your Motorcycle Frequently
Ensure that a qualified mechanic inspects your motorcycle on a regular basis, although it is also advised that you regularly inspect it. Winter temperatures change often and this might cause your light bulbs to burn out and your tires to lose pressure.
Corrosion can also occur during winter. To prevent this, make sure that you wash off road dirt and salt that could cause oxidation. Prevent the outboard mother effect by waxing your rims with a nice hard wax. Try applying some Vaseline on areas that should remain dry. Frequent checks ensure that you ride your motorcycle safely.
6. Limit High Traction Situations
Unless you are sure your tires are warm, you should avoid traction situations as much as you can. When rubber gets cold, it gets hard. When this happens, your tires will provide less traction and it becomes easier for you to slide off the road and cause an accident.
When To Hire A Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident crash, you should contact a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Make sure you collect as much evidence as you can from witnesses and take photographs of the crash site as this will help you build your case.
Contact one of our experienced motorcycle lawyers and we will help you determine whether you are entitled to financial compensation.
Call us at (800)200-7752 or fill out our contact form for a free initial consultation.