Protect Yourself in Winter Months
Stormy, rainy and icy weather means increased risk of accidents and dangerous road conditions. This is especially true for motorcyclists. When the road conditions deteriorate, you need to be especially cautious of how you ride, how your bike responds and how other drivers are handling the weather and road. If you do get into an accident, you will need the help of a legal advisor and attorney from our team of Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyers at Eliot Reiner, APLC. We can help to make sure that you are protected and that you receive the compensation needed to recover. Medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering may not be avoidable but having to pay for it yourself can be.
Safety Tips for Riding in the Rain
There are ways to protect yourself and be proactive during winter riding months so that accidents are less of a threat. Here are some tips and precautions to take when you are hitting the wet or icy road:
Give yourself space and time: Allow for other driver error, for changes in conditions and for splashes to settle as you drive on wet roads. You’ll need more time to change lanes to avoid wet spots or ice and will need to increase braking distance.
Avoid shiny, smooth spots: These areas are places where water and oil has mixed, and this can be compounded in areas that were slick to begin with. Painted lines, metal covered areas, and tar snakes can be highly dangerous when covered with road oil and water. If conditions are icy, these slick spots can extend much farther and will be even more treacherous.
Stand up: Stand up on your pegs from time to time to keep water from pooling on your lap and creating seepage, making for an uncomfortable and cold ride. Your comfort and ability to pay attention is crucial.
Wear visible, waterproof gear: Staying warm and dry is key for hand control, grip strength, endurance and visibility on the road. Riding while wet and cold can be distracting and uncomfortable, getting worse as your ride goes on. Protect yourself from the elements while staying in plain sight of other drivers.
Check tires for wear and PSI: Rainy or icy roads and cold weather will affect how your tires grip and respond. Make sure that your PSI is adjusted for the conditions and that your tread is adequate to help protect you while riding.
Know when to quit: If you are not equipped for changing weather conditions or are growing too cold to enjoy the ride, it’s time to turn in for the day. Being distracted, uncomfortable and ill-equipped makes for a far more dangerous excursion.
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