Preventing Winter Motorcycle Accidents

Tips for Preventing Accidents

Preventing motorcycle accidents and injuries during the wintertime doesn't have to be a difficult task. There are several things that both bikers and other motor vehicle operators can be doing to alleviate this problem.

The first step motorcyclists can take to prevent accidents is prepare their bike for the coming road conditions. If you plan to store it on the worst days, make sure it is in a dry, preferably indoor, place to prevent moisture buildup. Additionally, double-check to make sure the oil levels are maintained, internal components are lubed up, and the battery can sufficiently charge.

If you prefer driving your motorcycle year-round with limited days off, here are some extra steps you can take to prevent accidents:

  • Be aware of the changing road conditions and be cautious of areas that can easily ice over. Don't forget to take extra care and look out for potholes and salted streets.
  • Put reflective strips on your jacket, helmet, and bike so that you can still be seen when there's low visibility.
  • Be cautious of changing lanes rapidly if snow is on the ground. Many inexperienced motorists likely won't be able to slow down and let you pass. You should also be driving at a greater distance away from other vehicles.

Preventing motorcycle accidents is not just the responsibility of motorcycle operators. If you drive any kind of motorized vehicle and plan on heading out this winter, remember to be aware of your surroundings, look out for motorcyclists, and go slower than you would under normal conditions.

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Contact our Chicago Attorneys

McNabola & Associates, LLC is committed to assisting motorcyclists who are injured on the roads this winter. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact our team by calling (312) 888-8700 or visiting our website.

In need of a tow? Through our McNabola Motorcycle Rescue program, we will tow your bike for free after an accident. Visit our website to learn more.