Is It Safe to Ride a Motorcycle in the Snow?

Riding a motorcycle in the snow is never a safe or prudent choice — regardless of the circumstances. Even drivers behind the wheel of a car have trouble handling slushy road conditions and long stopping distances. Being on two wheels exacerbates these problems.

If there’s snow in the forecast, leave the bike at home. It’s simply not worth the risk of being involved in a serious motorcycle accident.

That said, some Boulder residents choose to ride in the winter when the roads are clear. Here are some tips to do so safely:

  • Wear the right gear: Invest in some heavy-duty riding gear if you’re going to be on your motorcycle during the colder months. A jacket, boots, pants, gloves, and a full-face helmet are essential items to add to your shopping list. Consider wearing high-viz garments to make sure that other drivers can see you when visibility is poor.
  • Prioritize your pre-ride inspection: The condition of your motorcycle is arguably more important in winter than in any other season. You don’t want to end up waiting for a tow, or worse, dealing with a dangerous problem when you’re on the road. Check your tires and wheels, controls, electrics, fluids, and other essential areas before each ride. 
  • Take things slow: Winter presents unique driving risks. Potholes form everywhere during this time of year. Your visor can easily steam up. Visibility can be poor. Sudden movements can cause you to lose control of your bike. And cold temperatures can increase driver fatigue. Slow down to stay safe.

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Schedule a Free Case Evaluation

Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are and how many precautions you take, you can’t keep other drivers from being reckless. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation.

Boulder motorcycle accident attorney Christopher Jeffress is here to protect your rights and fight in your corner. Call 303-993-8685 today to request a free case evaluation. Jeffress Law serves clients in Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield, and the surrounding Colorado areas.


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