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Stay safe on your motorcycle this winter with these tips

As temperatures drop, it's important for you to keep yourself warm when you're on your motorcycle. That is the one thing that will help you most when trying to avoid a crash.

Other helpful tips include avoiding riding when you're sick or intoxicated, tired or distracted. Here are a few other ways to keep yourself safe while you ride.

Check your tires

Your tires need to be the right pressure in the winter. As temperatures drop, the pressure in your tires drops, too. Usually, the tires lose a pound of air pressure for every 10-degree drop in temperature. Remember to wait until your tires warm up before you begin to move quickly, so they have a better grip.

Wear the right gear

Wearing the right gear isn't just making sure you're warm enough. There are specialty visors and helmets to help prevent cold air from hitting you in the face and fogging up your vision. Wear the right gear, so you stay warm and have the ability to see the road well. Remember, in the winter, it may get darker sooner. Try to use more lights or reflective clothing to reduce the likelihood of a crash.

Keep the weather in mind

No matter what the condition of your motorcycle is, it's important to keep an eye on the weather itself. If it's too cold, windy or slick outside, you shouldn't be on the roads. Call a taxi or wait until the roads warm up and the ice thaws.

These helpful hints can keep you safe. If you're struck by a dangerous driver, remember that you can pursue a claim.

Source: Ride Apart, "5 Must-Know Cold Weather Riding Tips," Rick Botchner, accessed Nov. 09, 2017

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