For many Pennsylvania residents, Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer. As children head back to school and people wind down their vacations, the cool weather starts moving in. While winter may still be a few months away, many motorcyclists are continuing to enjoy the state's lovely roadways. In fact, motorcycle traffic may even increase as the beautiful fall colors appear. Before people know it, snowflakes will be flying.
With the cooler weather many people may think that they need to retire their motorcycles for the winter months. Many may believe that it is even impossible to safely ride a motorcycle during the winter. However, with proper safety precautions, preparations and equipment motorcyclists can enjoy their bikes all year.
There are many things that people can do to prepare for riding their bikes in the winter months. First, people need to prepare themselves. They can do this by wearing appropriate clothing. This usually means wearing layers that help wick moisture away from the skin.
Next, people need to prepare their bikes and recognize its limitations. Windshields and heated grips are just some of the modifications that can be made for cooler months.
Motorcyclists also need to be aware of how they are driving. Increasing following distance, for example, can be important in winter months. Motorcyclists should also be aware that colder tires can lose traction. Riding with warmer tires can help to lessen this risk. Motorcyclists should also avoid driving in falling snow as conditions can quickly deteriorate.
Even with these many precautions, motorcycle accidents can occur. No matter the time of year that these accidents occur, motorcyclists should know their legal rights. They may be entitled to compensation if a negligent driver caused the accident that lead to their injuries.