Prepare now for winter with these safety tips for winter motorcycle riding in St. Louis.
Driving on icy or snowy roads requires special attention to safety. Inclement weather increases the risks for motorcycles as they are more prone to accidents. It may be better to keep the motorcycle in the garage until the roads are cleared of snow and ice.
In bad weather, it is difficult to react to a hazard on a motorcycle because bikes are inherently unstable. Motorcyclists are at a higher risk of sustaining a serious injury in the event of an accident. Even if you feel that the road has been cleared and is safe to drive on, you might encounter icy patches and lose control of your motorcycle. Here are some simple winter safety tips for motorcycle enthusiasts who do not wish to stop riding, even in poor weather.
Winter Safety Tips
- If you must travel on an icy road, make sure that you are dressed properly. Wear colors that are easily visible. Ensure that your hands and legs stay warm. Wear several layers of clothes and use wind proof gear to keep the cold out.
- To maintain proper control over the bike, drive slowly. Avoid sudden movements and apply brakes slowly. Apply brakes evenly to both wheels. This will minimize the risk of slipping.
- Accelerate slowly while paying attention to the back tire. It should not lose traction as you press the accelerator.
- Before you hit the road, prepare your motorcycle for the winter. Check the tires, oil, brakes, and lights before you start on your journey.
In spite of taking safety measures, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, consult a St. Louis personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.