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Why riding your motorcycle during the winter is more dangerous

On Behalf of | Nov 28, 2023 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycling is a popular mode of transport in Missouri. Approximately 140 thousand people have legally registered bikes in the state. 

Many people opt to store their bikes over the winter until the weather begins to clear in the spring. Nonetheless, some individuals continue to ride their bikes during the winter months. Riding a motorcycle during the winter months can be extra hazardous, and here’s why. 

Decreased traction 

Motorcycles only have two points of contact with the road surface, and this surface can be extra slippery during the winter due to ice, sleet, snow and rain. If even just one of the two wheels loses traction on the road, it can be very hard for the motorcyclist to retain control of the vehicle. 

Poor visibility 

Motorcycles are smaller in stature than other vehicles. What makes them especially difficult to see is their narrowness. During the winter, road users have to operate for longer periods in the dark. Conditions may also become foggy and heavy snowfall can significantly decrease visibility. 

Distractions because of the cold 

Cars, trucks and other four-wheel vehicles have the luxury of heating and shelter. This means that the users of these vehicles are protected from the cold elements. Other than clothing, motorcyclists don’t have the same protection. Throughout the winter months, being exposed to the elements on a motorcycle can become a distraction that decreases focus, reaction times and awareness. 

While it’s possible to travel safely on two wheels during the winter, there are extra hazards to be wary of. If a negligent driver causes an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Seek legal guidance to find out more about personal injury compensation.