It’s that time of year. And we don’t mean the holidays. Its winter; and we’re expecting it to be a cold one here in New Jersey. Temperatures have already fallen and snow is around the corner. Of course, for bikers this doesn’t mean you’ve got to hang up the helmet until spring. You just need to ease up on the ego throttle and take a little bit more caution when hitting the road.
Here are a few tips for winter riding that should help you stay on the bike:
Gear Up With Warm Layers
When it starts to really get cold, you need to cover up as much as you can. Start with a thin under layer (like the kind made by Under Armour) that will help evaporate sweat off your skin. This will make a big difference with the wind chill. Then, put on layers. Staying warm is more important than looking cool, so make sure to tuck in your gloves, jacket, and pants to keep freezing wind out.
Make Sure Your Bike is Ready
Get a fog-proof windscreen and hand guards for your ride. Check your tires often to make sure you’ve got good traction and tire pressure. And don’t forget to stock up on the antifreeze.
Know Where You’re Riding
Going out for a ride on your motorcycle is the greatest thing in the world, but it can turn dangerous in the blink of an eye. Be prepared. Check the weather before heading out. Knowing where rain or snow is expected—or already falling—can save your life. If you do plan on riding in snowing places, make sure you’ve got tires meant for icy riding. Just because you’ve got good tread doesn’t mean you’re safe. Get the right gear.
Be Safe . . . Extra Safe
No matter how much care and safety you normally put into riding, double it during the winter. Stay further behind cars, take your foot off the gas sooner at lights—just be more cautious.
Once you’re ready to face winter roads, you’ll find riding in the snow is a fun challenge for the experienced rider. But if do get into an accident riding, know that Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are there for you.
You can reach us at (609) 240-0040.