Riding Your Motorcycle in Winter Weather

Whether you’re a novice or experienced rider, weather can greatly affect motorcycle maneuvers and increase the risk of a motorcycle accident. As winter arrives in Texas, riders must be on the lookout for wet and icy roads. Forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict that a strong El Niño will greatly impact Texas this winter. In fact, residents can expect it to be more than 30% cooler than usual and nearly 50% wetter. So to help keep you safe this winter here are a few winter weather motorcycle riding tips:

  • Wear the Right Gear – Wear protective gear – such as a warm leather jacket, gloves and boots – to keep you warm and help prevent serious injuries in case of a crash.
  • Take Breaks Every 2 to 3 Hours – If you’re planning a holiday road trip on your bike, remember to take breaks in order to avoid fatigued driving. Also, frequent breaks will help warm you up after riding in freezing winds.
  • Slow Down in Poor Visibility – Cooler weather often means an increased chance of fog and poor visibility. Make sure you slow down to a distance that allows you to see the road or vehicle in front of you.
  • Consider Installing a Windshield – A small windshield on your bike can help keep you warmer by breaking some of those cold winds.
  • Hydrate – It’s easy to want to avoid cold drinks, but you need to stay hydrated while riding. Also, avoid coffee as it can actually cause you to lose body heat, despite it warming you up initially.

At Terry & Kelly, PLLC, our attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injury victims. If you’ve been injured while riding your motorcycle, our experienced Austin motorcycle accident lawyers can help you obtain the compensation you deserve after an accident. Contact us at 512-910-2000 to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.

 

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