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Tips for staying safe on your motorcycle this winter

Some Illinois motorcyclists keep their bikes in the garage during the winter. It can be very uncomfortable to ride in cold, snowy, windy conditions. It can also be extremely dangerous. However, if you don't want to hang up your helmet for the winter, the following tips can help you stay safe and (relatively) comfortable on the road.

Invest in heavy-duty winter gear

Make sure that you're covered from head to toe (and fingers) in sturdy gear. This includes a full-face helmet. You may even want to invest in some heated gear, including gloves and jacket liners. It will take a little more time to get ready, but you can ride comfortably for longer once you have it on. If your hands, feet and legs are frozen stiff from the cold, you won't be able to maneuver and react to the unexpected when you need to.

Have a towing service number on your phone

If you don't already have a towing and repair service membership, now's the time to get one. The American Motorcycle Association (AMA) offers roadside assistance. So do many other organizations. Winter isn't the time to get stranded on the side of the road with your bike waiting for a friend to show up or trying to fix your bike yourself.

Check your tire pressure regularly

Don't just eyeball your tires. Keep a gauge with you and use it. Tires lose pressure as the temperature falls. In fact, you could lose up to two pounds of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature drops.

Don't ride in the snow

Experts advise pulling over once it starts to snow and waiting until it stops. Better yet, if snow is in the forecast, leave the bike at home. Snow will drastically reduce your visibility.

No matter how careful you are, if you're riding a motorcycle in the winter, you're at the mercy of cars and even larger vehicles driven by people who may not be taking the added precautions they need to be on Illinois' wet, icy, snowy roads. If you're injured in an accident caused by a driver, it's wise to make sure that you are seeking the compensation you need to deal with medical bills, lost income and damage to your bike.

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