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What should a motorcyclist do to prepare for winter riding?

Should you be riding your motorcycle in the winter months? For many motorcyclists in Connecticut, winter is the time to put the cover on the motorcycle, winterize your fuel and set aside your hobby until the warmer months. For others, though, the riding season never stops -- it's simply the choice of clothes that changes. If you are the type of person who likes to ride no matter the temperature, you need to be prepared for winter driving, when the risk of a motorcycle collision can be greater because of weather issues.

What should I wear to stay safe as a winter motorcyclist? Experts say that layering your clothing is absolutely key when it comes to riding in colder weather. Make sure that you purchase appropriate thermal undergarments to keep yourself warm -- synthetic fabrics that breathe are best for this application. At the same time, you need to make sure that you are not sacrificing mobility for warmth. The test: You should be able to hold your arms at your sides while wearing your riding gear. If you can't, it may be time to invest in thinner, heated clothing.

What about the wind? The wind is a major concern for people who are riding in the wintertime. Choosing a wind- and waterproof outer layer of clothing is a good first start. Other methods for wind-proofing include wearing a balaclava beneath your helmet to stay warm, adding a windshield to your cycle, and sealing joints between your jacket and gloves with duct tape. Pay special attention to the quality and type of gloves and boots that you wear, as well.

Do I still run the risk of an accident after taking all of these precautions? Yes, motorcycle collisions occur at all times of the year. Whether you are the victim of a negligent or distracted driver, you could suffer serious injury from a motorcycle accident. The good news: You have an ally in your fight to get the money you need. Our team of attorneys can help you overcome potential courtroom challenges that prevent you from receiving compensation as a motorcycle accident victim.

Source: Open Road Journey, "Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding: Wind is Your Enemy," accessed Oct. 22, 2015

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