As winter approaches, many of us are looking for a new hobby to keep us busy. Have you ever considered riding a motorbike in cold weather? If this sounds like something, you would be interested in trying out, make sure that you do it safely! This article will share some tips and tricks on riding motorbikes as safely as possible during the winter months.
Dangers in motorcycle riding during the winter
Since the weather is colder and there is more precipitation, it might seem like an idea to take a break from riding throughout winter. However, this may not be as safe as you think. Here are some dangers of putting off your bike.
The roads become slippery in winter due to fog and precipitation, and you will have to deal with these while riding in winter. This is particularly dangerous when it comes to turns, as your motorcycle can slide out from underneath you if there is not enough traction on the road surface beneath your tires.
If this happens, then your bike will keep sliding until either something stops it or gravity takes over. Therefore, it could mean a collision with another vehicle or, worse still, an obstacle like a lamp post or tree! Even if nothing stops it before that point, crashing into one of these objects at speed could be deadly for both yourself and anyone else involved.
The risk of hypothermia
Riding through cold weather means exposing yourself to even colder air blasts coming off car windscreens and the road surface. This can lead to hypothermia - a condition where your body temperature drops too low, which in extreme cases could be fatal.
It is normal to get distracted during the winter as your vision may get blurry due to fog. Riding through winter means dealing with fewer daylight hours than you are used to. You may even face problems riding during the daylight too. Riding in winter weather can make you feel less comfortable on your bike than usual, which makes accidents even more likely.
As you can barely see the path sometimes, riding too close together with cars or trucks puts both yourself and others at risk. Even if you have heavy motorcycles, it still offers little protection against other vehicles' metal frames, so give extra space to cars and trucks when you are out on the road.