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For some Denver bikers, winter riding is simply not an option. When the weather gets bad, they put their bike in the garage for hibernation until the first signs of spring. Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way.
With the right gear, some common sense, and a few minor changes to your riding style, you can enjoy riding your motorcycle safely through all but the worst of the winter weather. Riding during the winter is really more a matter of road conditions than the temperature. When the roads are really bad, however, the best advice is probably not to ride. Winter riding can be particularly treacherous and can lead to devastating Denver motorcycle accidents, but if you must ride, follow these motorcycle safety tips.
Invest in special winter riding gear: One-piece leathers are the top of the line and highly recommended, but definitely dress in layers. Look for some thermally efficient, waterproof gloves to keep your hands comfortable and nimble on the controls.
Respect the winter roads: You will experience less traction on winter roads, as well as being challenged by wind and precipitation. Give yourself extra space behind other vehicles to minimize spray from them. Be cautious of black ice and slick road conditions by allowing yourself more breaking distance. If you have a long drive, plan to stop periodically to warm up.
Consider your vision and visibility: Bad weather such as fog or even low winter sun can restrict your view. Be aware of the hazards and adjust your riding style to suit the road conditions. It is also important to increase your visibility to other drivers. Wear reflective clothing and use other drivers’ mirrors to make visual contact with them.
Make sure your bike is in optimal riding condition: Check all lights to make sure they are working. Make sure they are visible and keep them free of dirt and grime. Use turn signals early to alert drivers and pedestrians to your intentions. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and use anti-misting spray on your visor and mirrors.
Help keep Colorado roads safe by following these tips and riding defensively. According to the NHTSA, over 100,000 motorcycles are involved in accidents on Colorado roads every year.
Unfortunately, even when you take all the necessary precautions and drive carefully, Denver motorcycle accidents still occur. Denver drivers do not always take winter weather seriously, and as a result, they put themselves and everyone around them at risk.
If you or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle accident in Denver, you need an experienced and skilled Denver motorcycle accident attorney to fight for your rights. We are available 24/7, and routinely handle personal injury cases in Denver and across Colorado. We represent Colorado residents as well as clients injured while visiting our state. Discuss your case with Denver personal injury attorney John R. Fuller now by scheduling a free initial consultation. Call (303) 597-4500.