While certain parts of the country may be saying goodbye to winter weather and getting ready for spring, Illinois residents know that cold-weather and snow is still a possibility in the weekly forecast. Driving in the winter time can be especially dangerous as it presents unique hazards, particularly for motorcycle riders. Motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy riding their bike year-round, so safety during the snowy season is imperative to prevent a dangerous collision.
Whybike.com offers the following tips for safe winter motorcycle riding:
- Have your bike inspected by a qualified mechanic before hitting the open roads.
- If you don’t already have one, install a windshield to protect yourself against severe wind chill. Also, make sure your bike’s battery can withstand winter chills and keep it charged.
- Use the right oil for your motorcycle, and for those motorcyclists with liquid-cooled bikes, make sure the reading on the anti-freeze is sufficient for the cold temperatures you’ll be expecting.
- Check weather forecasts and road condition reports before you start your ride, especially if you plan on traveling a long distance.
- Make sure to cover up your body and try to eliminate any places where cold air can enter. Riders may also want to try electric gloves and vests, which can help stay warm.
- Be patient when using protective gear that can sometimes restrict overall movement.
As winter motorcycle riding can be particularly hazardous, properly maintaining your motorcycle and wearing protective gear can help keep you safe when the thermostat drops. However, simply because you practice safety on the roads does not mean that other motorists may be as cautious. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another party, the Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys with the Bradley Law Firm can help you hold any at-fault parties legally responsible. Call (312) 252-1488 for a no-cost consultation with our law team.