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Tips for motorcycle drivers in inclement weather

With the end of summer comes the end of riding season for some motorcyclists. Other riders, however, never winterize their bikes and continue to ride in the cold weather. When inclement weather comes on, though, there are a few tips that can help a motorcyclist arrive at his or her destination safely. Below are several fall and winter riding tips:

-- Layer clothing. Obviously when the temperature begins to fall, warmer clothes are needed. However, layering clothing will help give you more warmth while helping to wick away moisture from your skin. Cold weather gloves and boots are a must. There are also riding suits with built in heaters should the temperature drop below freezing.

-- Prepare your motorcycle for cold-weather riding. Windshields may be the most attractive accessory on some bikes but certainly can provide a break from the wind. Some riders also choose heated handlebar grips or heated seats. For those with water-cooled engines, the antifreeze should be fresh and properly mixed.

-- Watch out for black ice, salt and newly-made crash from snowplows. Salt can be as dangerous as black ice. It the road begins to look crystalized on the sides, stay away. Snowplows chew up the road, so watch for new cracks.

-- Have a number for a towing service that handles motorcycles. Accidents do occur and it's better to have your bike towed the correct way -- not on a flatbed on its side.

When accidents do happen that are due to someone else's negligence or recklessness, victims and their families can pursue compensation for injuries, lost wages, funeral expenses and more. An experienced attorney can provide more information about what claims may be made after a motorcycle accident.

Source: Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, P.C., "Motorcycle Accidents," accessed Sep. 24, 2015

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