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What are some tips for safe motorcycle riding in the winter?

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2016 | Motorcycle Accidents |

If you are an avid motorcyclist, then you likely want to ride as often throughout the year as possible. While winter weather in New Jersey can vary greatly, riding in the cold can be still be a safe activity as long as you follow a few guidelines.

For starters, if the temperatures are down low and you want to or need to take your bike out, Motorbike Writer recommends keeping trips short. If you must travel a long distance, take frequent breaks and give yourself a chance to warm up each time. You may also want to alter your riding stance in order to cut down on wind resistance.

In addition, you should make an effort to protect yourself from the elements as much as possible. If you are cold, you may shiver excessively or become overly tired and those things can affect your motor skills. Therefore, dressing in warm layers is key, beginning with a good pair of thermal underwear. Follow that with thick socks and a pair of warm gloves and you will be better prepared to handle the cold.

Finally, while drinking things like coffee and alcohol may seem like a good way of keeping yourself warm and alert, neither is really a good idea. Alcohol impairs your judgment and caffeine may actually lower your body temperature rather than keep you warm. You are better off sticking to water so that you do not get dehydrated. This information should not be considered legal advice and is provided only as general information on this topic.