In order to prevent
motorcycle accidents in the winter when the roads around New York are their worst, preparation
and knowledgeability is key. Our wintertime motorcycle safety FAQ list
covers some of the most pressing questions and bits of advice you should
know if you’re a rider in New York.
FAQ About Winter Motorcycle Safety
Does slowing down really help avoid motorcycle crashes on icy roads?
If you go too slowly on a motorcycle, you risk losing balance and tipping
over while in motion. Despite that, when the roads are icy, wet, or covered
in snow, you should slow down as if you were driving a car. Cutting 10
miles per hour at least off your normal should help, but it is up to you
to gauge the situation and decide if you need to go even slower.
Does cold weather affect the performance of my motorcycle’s tires?
Yes. Like any rubber, air-filled tire, a motorcycle’s tires will
struggle to grip the road during cold weather, even if there is no ice
or snow on the asphalt. This is due to the rubber compressing and reducing
the treads and, thus, the traction. Before you head out, use a gauge to
check your tire’s pressure, as it may have dropped from the chill.
How many layers should I wear when riding in the winter?
Dress in abundance when you are planning a motorcycle ride in frigid weather.
Here’s an easy test: put on your winter clothes and walk around
outside. Do you feel warm? Now, briskly walk around – be careful
not to fall, of course – and note how the breeze bites through your
clothes and at your nose.
Now, imagine that breeze kicking up to 60 mile per hour winds because you’re
motorcycling down the highway. You probably want another layer or two,
right? Don’t forget to get great gloves, too, so you don't lose grip.
My helmet visor fogs during winter riding – what can I do?
If your helmet visor fogs up from your own breath in the winter, you’re
effectively blinding yourself. You’ll want to add layers around
your face to trap the condensation of your breath. A half-mask under a
winter-rated balaclava will probably work.
What does motorcycle fairing do?
If you’re a new rider or did not get a customized motorcycle, your
ride might not have a fairing on it. The winter is a great time to invest
in one, as it helps direct oncoming wind chill away and around you, instead
of straight on. Some designs are also quite interesting looking to boot.
Remember: When in doubt and the wintry weather is as bad as can be, the best way
to avoid a motorcycle accident is to not ride your motorcycle at all.
Any trip that can be put off for when the sun shines again should be.
Don’t do anything that endangers your health.
If you do get into a motorcycle accident and need legal representation,
Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor, P.C. and our Kingston personal
injury lawyers can help you. Call
845.340.HURT to get a team with 150+ combined years of experience in your corner. We
free consultations around the clock.