All across the northern hemisphere there are diehard motorcycle riders who will be out on the roads in winter come rain or shine, snow or sleet and nothing will keep them from their beloved bikes. Most of the time this is understandable but when the coldest, snowiest months of the year set in, there are things a biker can do to ensure his safety. If you are intent on being one of those diehard bikers this coming winter, check out these safety tips to ensure a safe, albeit cold, ride on the open road. These safety tips come to you from Bohn & Fletcher, personal injury and auto accident specialist attorneys based in San Jose, California.
Keep the Body Heat In
It is hard enough keeping warm in the winter but out on the road, even with that windshield breaking the wind, it’s almost impossible to stay warm enough to safely handle that bike. Cold tends to numb your hands and feet so that you lose the ability to safely navigate the road. Cold doesn’t affect all people the same, but if you are one of the unlucky ones who doesn’t do well in the cold, have you thought of a body warmer for bikers? It is suggested that you add a microfiber or silk layer for your head and special gloves for your hands since this is where heat escapes.
Invest in Electric Heaters for Bikers
Certain kinds of vents can keep warm air blowing on you and they even have electric gloves to keep your hands warm enough to handle the road. It is also recommended that you add a layer to the torso as this will significantly reduce your chances of getting frost bite. However, the one thing you always want to be aware of is that those layers can affect your ability to maneuver. Also, if you should be involved in an accident, you don’t want any doubt being called to your ability to handle the bike. Even if the accident is clearly not your fault, your maneuverability may be called into question!
Custom Cut Fairings
Some bikers are taller than stock fairings can provide ample deflection for so it might be necessary to have custom fairings installed on your bike. Although you should never count solely on the wind-shielding ability of the fairings, it does help to keep enough deflected that your layers and electric warming devices may keep you ‘almost comfortable.’
If you make every effort to stay as warm as possible on the open road in winter, you should be able to safely navigate your bike. Old timers know the rules of the road and what it takes to stay warm in January, but if you are new to the road, take the advice of an experienced auto accident attorney to heart. You are only as safe as your body will let you be and if you can’t stay warm, that body isn’t going to respond very well! Stay dry, stay warm and by all means, stay safe.