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Riding in the winter: What you need to know to get compensated

If you choose to ride a motorcycle in the winter, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself safer. For instance, making sure you wear warm enough clothing to prevent frostbite or hypothermia. You may also want to take a winter driving course to help yourself learn to manage on ice, snow and other hazardous winter conditions.

Another thing to do is to prepare your motorcycle for the weather. Make sure you have a windshield to shield you from snow and rain on the face as well as from heavy, cold winds. Check your battery and make sure it can handle the cold weather. Additionally, make sure any antifreeze or coolant in your motorcycle is designed to be used in cold temperatures. If not, it could freeze, damaging parts of the motorcycle. On top of that, the antifreeze won't be able to do its job, so you could see damage to your engine or other parts of the motorcycle.

Riding in the winter takes the right attitude, too. You should know that drivers will be less likely to expect a motorcyclist on the roads in the winter, so you should always use your lights and make sure you have a horn and bright, obvious clothing. Some motorcyclists make sure their engines are not muffled as much in the winter, so they are easier to hear.

If a driver doesn't see you and strikes you, you have rights. It doesn't matter what time of year it is; drivers should always be paying attention and expecting others to be using the roadways. Our website has more about what you can do to get compensated for the accident.

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