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Washington Winter Safety: Tips for Safe Motorcycle Riding

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 13, 2012

Motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy motorcycle riding in every season. However, riding a motorcycle during the winter months may present more dangers than at other times of the year due to inclement weather and slippery roads. The following are a few tips for motorcyclists to help stay safe when riding this winter season:

For Your Motorcycle:

  • Check to make sure your motorcycle’s battery can withstand winter weather, and be sure to keep it charged.
  • If your bike doesn’t already have one, get a windshield to protect you from severe wind chill. Also, using the proper oil in your bike should be a top priority.
  • If you are a rider with a liquid-cooled bike, make sure that the reading on the anti-freeze is sufficient for the temperatures you’ll likely be encountering.
  • Make sure to have a qualified mechanic inspect your bike before winter riding.

For Riders:

  • Cover up your body while out on a ride and eliminate any places where the cold air can enter. Riders should also consider electric vests and electric gloves that can keep you fleecy warm.
  • Before you hit the open road, check the weather forecast and road condition reports so you can prepare accordingly.
  • Be patient when using your protective gear that may restrict your overall movement while riding, such as heavy clothing.

Adhering to these simple safety tips can keep motorcycle riders safe during the winter season. Other motorists who share the road may not exercise the caution and due care necessary in cold weather conditions, however, which can endanger everyone on the road, including motorcyclists. If you have been injured in a Washington motorcycle accident during winter, the Seattle motorcycle attorneys with Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. are able to help you seek compensation for your injuries. Please call (888) 228-3860 for a complimentary consultation.

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