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Tips that can help prevent a wintertime motorcycle accident

While many motorcycle riders put their bikes away during the winter, heartier motorcyclists continue to use their vehicles all year long. However, riding a motorcycle during the harsh winter months requires extra attention to many different details in order to prevent a motorcycle accident. So here are a few winter riding tips that can help keep motorcyclists safe.

One of the first things a motorcyclist can do during the winter is to stay visible to other motorists. This can sometimes be difficult during the warm summer months but can be even trickier when it's cold and snowy. Motorcyclists should keep their headlights on while driving at all times in order to raise their visibility. They should also wear bright reflective clothes on the outside in order to be easier to see. Cyclists should also avoid riding in the blind spot of the vehicle ahead of them. Signaling a turn well before executing can also help.

Before starting their trip, motorcyclists should check the tire pressure on their bikes. Colder temperatures mean that tires will be colder, which can lead to less traction. Having the correct tire pressure can minimize this condition.

Motorcyclists should also be more aware of the road conditions around them. Potholes that are created during winter months are especially dangerous for motorcycles and can cause a serious motorcycle accident. Road salt that is used to help melt snow and ice can also present a hazard to motorcyclists.

Driving a motorcycle during the winter can be very challenging. However, any Connecticut resident who has been involved in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver may want to speak with a personal injury attorney in order to determine if any legal avenues should be explored.

Source: coverhound.com, "Winter Motorcycle Safety Tips," Accessed Dec. 20, 2015

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