Few things are more fun than hitting West Virginia’s roadways on the back of a motorcycle. Every time you climb behind the handlebars of your bike, though, you must understand your increased risk of sustaining an injury.
Motorcycle accidents in West Virginia are about on par with the national average. While there are usually more riders on the road in summer months, the state’s climate allows for year-round riding. If you routinely ride on winter roadways, though, you must take additional steps to stay safe on your bike.
Wear the right gear
Because you operate your motorcycle with your hands, you must keep them warm. Before you ride, always wear the right gear. Be sure you have gloves, a jacket, insulated pants and a helmet to minimize your chances of an accident.
Increase your visibility
When skies are gray, motorists often have a difficult time seeing riders. As you probably know, if drivers cannot see you, they may not be able to avoid hitting you. Therefore, make sure your bike’s lights are working effectively. Also, wear high-visibility clothing to be certain you stand out from the pavement.
Service your bike
Perhaps the best way to stay safe on your bike is to ensure it is always in excellent condition. Before you ride, inspect your bike. Then, think about how cold weather affects your motorcycle’s systems. For example, cold tires may not grip the pavement as well as warm ones.
Create an emergency plan
The weather can deteriorate quickly in West Virginia. Accordingly, if you ride during winter months, you must have a backup plan. Your plan should include a motorcycle towing service. Also, be sure you have sufficient funds to return home if you have to ditch your bike.
You probably do not have to park your motorcycle until warm weather returns to the Mountain State. If you want to stay safe on your bike during winter months, though, you must be a proactive rider. With a bit of planning, you can likely avoid a motorcycle accident on West Virginia’s roadways.