Motorcyclists are at risk year round with the lack of protection that their preferred mode of transport offers. With no protection from the outside world and no seat belt, riding a motorbike in winter can be a very dangerous proposition. It’s not just the possibility of a car accident that poses a risk to bikers. It’s also the weather. For people driving in their cars, air conditioning will help you stay toasty and avoid hypothermia. But for those travelling on motorbikes, no such luck.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we aim to help you keep safe and look to identify potential risks to your health. For bikers, the winter months can be quite tough so we are here to help out.
How to stay safe on a motorbike in winter
- Wear the correct clothing. It gets very cold in the United Kingdom and for people who are travelling home around 1am when it’s coldest, thermal underwear, gloves and scarves will keep you from suffering hypothermia or cramp in joints from cold which affects the way you control your bike.
- Wear high-visibility clothing. This isn’t just for travelling home in the middle of the night. In winter, it gets dark mid-afternoon. Even in the middle of the day visibility is poor, especially if you’re on a motorbike. So, make yourself clearly visible.
- Take breaks on long trips. While it’s good practice on a long journey to stop every two hours for fifteen minutes to avoid fatigue, it also helps blood circulation. While this might not apply to car or truck drivers, bikers need to have high reaction time and be flexible. If you drive four hours with your legs on the footholds of your bike, cramps and muscle tightness is unavoidable.
- Don’t speed. It might seem like common sense, and it is, but you’re less likely to suffer grievous injuries if you’re not going very fast.
Claim for motorbike injuries that weren’t your fault
Getting into an accident on the road can be traumatic and in some cases, life-changing. Our job at Accident Advice Helpline is to help you claim compensation from guilty third parties for any injuries that you suffered in an accident. If you want to start a claim you can do so by contacting a helpful advisor on our 24/7 Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 or you can take our 30-second test.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice