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Between frozen roads and dark nights and mornings, winter can be extremely hazardous on UK roads – especially for bikers. Whether you’ve got a motorbike or you’re instead a cyclist, the winter can offer a variety of additional challenges and the best way to avoid these is to prepare yourself and your bike carefully before setting out.
As you’ll be aware, your safety clothing is of paramount importance at all times, but in winter it has added importance. As well as protecting you against the road should an accident happen, being warm as you ride can help to prevent the fatigue that could see a lapse in concentration, so layer up and make sure that you can be seen. That means high-visibility outer clothing so that cars and other road users can see you in the dark.
Rain, ice, snow and sleet can make driving difficult for anyone, so make sure you take adequate care with speed, stunts and your driving position. This is not the time to take risks – it’s the time to arrive safely!
Whether they’re paying attention or not, you have a responsibility to other road users, so take care for cars that might lose control, pedestrians who’ve buried their heads inside their clothing to keep warm and other bikers who might not be as sensible as you are – keeping them safe could also make the difference to your safety.
You’re more likely to get into difficulties if your bike needs attention, so make sure you give it that attention. Prepare before you set off by checking water and oil levels, take a look at your tyre pressures regularly, warm your engine properly and check your lights, as cars and other road users can’t make adjustments for your safety if they can’t see you!
Express Solicitors have a great deal of experience dealing with cases like this and if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was through no fault of your own, please contact our team today to discuss your claim free of charge on 0845 456 4006.