Winters in Chicago are often rough, especially for motorcycle riders. If you plan on riding this winter, it’s important to be prepared and avoid hazards by using these tips.

Use proper face shields

It’s important to avoid winter motorcycling hazards of all kinds this season. With the weather so bitterly cold, you will need the right face shield while riding. There are special types made specifically for freezing weather that can protect your face while preventing your breath from fogging them up and causing visibility issues. These shields are also designed to prevent frostbite.

Wear protective gloves

Your hands can become frozen while riding your motorcycle during the winter. As a result, you must wear the right protective gloves. Riders can get special heated gloves that have an exceptional grip to ensure a safe ride and better dexterity. You won’t have to worry about hand stiffness this winter.

Ensure your maximum visibility

One of the best ways to avoid a motorcycle accident is to ensure your maximum visibility when riding. This means you should make sure you’re easily seen and that you’re able to see. To make yourself more visible, wear brightly-colored protective clothing with reflectors. Your motorcycle should also be equipped with reflectors so that it can be seen even in the dark.

While riding, look further down the road than usual to be on the lookout for potential hazards. Doing this gives you more time to react. Keep plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front so you can safely stop or switch lanes.

Beware of black ice

Black ice is a serious hazard that could make your motorcycle skid out. Keep your eyes peeled for it while riding. Black ice appears as water but is a thin sheet of ice. It’s more likely to appear in temperatures under 38 degrees.

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