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Tips on Motorbike Safety During Winter

December 23 2017
Motorbike Safety During Winter

Riding in winter can be harrowing and challenging, here are some steps to help you come out trumps

Riding is a calming, relaxing experience that lets you ease stress and enjoy the sense of freedom that comes with it. The wide-open road, the gentle cool breeze on your face, the satisfaction derived from tackling those sweeping turns perfectly, all add up to the experience. All this would be great, if it wasn’t the winter season.

Riding in the winter is a lot difficult and is especially excruciating in regions that receive snowfall. Wearing appropriate winter riding gear, prepping your bike properly and keeping yourself nourished and hydrated is crucial to having a comfortable, fulfilling and safe ride, even when the weather is against you.

The Right Riding Gear

This is the most important thing as it protects you from the elements outside. Layering plays a big role here. Riders sweat even when they are riding, and if a good base layer is not chosen, that sweat can turn into cold perspiration giving you chills. Base layers that are thin but warm allow our skin to breathe and get rid of moisture as well.

Getting the Bike Ready

Riding in winter is quite different than riding in warmer climate: there is cold wind biting your face, the cold tires have limited traction and visibility is low. There are some modifications that you can do on your bike to make your ride a lot better.

A large windscreen that offers better wind protection and deflects the cold air suitably can be installed. Handguards can also be fixed to stop your hands from freezing and going numb; heated grips are also a great addition that enhance the comfort factor manifold. Adventure-style foot pegs will help you immensely by providing optimal foot grip, even in low-grip conditions.

Apart from these modifications, the necessary regular checks need to be done, so that even the slightest trouble does not arise during the journey. A busted hose or faulty electrical wiring can spell disaster. Ensure that the tyre pressure is lower than regular. This will increase tyre flex and enhance tyre warming for better traction.

Increase Following Distance

Visibility is limited during winter and that is a safety hazard. Do your best to look farther down the road and spot the hazards/objects early. Since grip is at a premium in winter season, the stopping time is also higher. In view of this, it is recommended to keep more distance between you and the vehicle ahead.

Doing this will give you more space to manoeuvre in an emergency situations and lessen the chances of smashing into the car in front.

It is necessary to take all the steps mentioned above, but it is also equally vital to take out two wheeler insurance. It not only gives you the confidence to take out your ride in the most extreme environments, but also takes care of any expenses should anything untoward happen.

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