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Tips to stay safe while riding during the winter

A little snow won't stop dedicated motorcyclists from riding - especially in Alaska. However, winter is a dangerous season for riders and other drivers as the roads get slippery and the temperature drops. The streets will only get worse as the bitter months continue.

Luckily, there are a few safety tips that motorcycle enthusiasts can quickly implement into their routine. Many of these tips may already be a part of a responsible driver's ride.

Drive slower

Driving slower on slick roads seems like common sense. However, many bikers often enjoy driving faster during their rides. It only takes a small amount of force on the accelerator to cause a significant accident and injuries during a trip. Motorcyclists who want to stay safe have to take it easy on the gas and drive slower in winter.

Avoid roads immediately after a snowfall

Snowstorms often leave streets slick and reduce visibility for most drivers. There is also the likelihood of "black ice" early on in the winter. With the number of dangers that happen after a heavy snowfall, it may be best to hang up the helmet for the day and wait till the roads are clear. It will keep you and other drivers safe in the process.

Wear the right gear

It's crucial for bikers to wear a helmet all year round - not only during the winter. But a helmet may save a rider's life during a wintertime accident. Other gears that protect motorcyclists during winter weather are full-length pants, jacket, gloves and boots. The proper attire will prevent road rash in case of a crash while keeping riders warm.

Driving safe on a motorcycle is similar to practicing safe driving in the car. It only takes common sense and easing up on the gas pedal to keep yourself and other passengers protected during this season. If a rider does get into a crash, please seek medical attention immediately to avoid further complications.

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