At Carlson Injury Law, we are passionate advocates for motorcycle safety. We think it is particularly important to focus on safety during the winter. And before you ask who would go riding in January in Utah, remember just how dedicated some riders are. All it takes is a clear day and dry roads to get some riders out on the road – especially with the incredible scenery we have here.
We encourage you to take a look at our winter riding safety tips for Utah motorcyclists – and please share them. When we all support each other it makes it easier to keep everyone safe.
Utah Motorcycle Safety Tips for Winter Riding
1. Be extra careful about road conditions.
If you have been riding in Utah for very long, you know how unpredictable winter weather can be. You are also aware of the extreme danger posed by black ice. Even if you wake up on Saturday morning and find blue skies and dry roads, there is still a chance you will come upon dangerous conditions. Do not let your guard down.
2. Only ride when you can maintain a relatively calm state of mind.
Experienced riders will tell you how important it is to be in the right mindset when you are on your motorcycle. It’s potentially dangerous to ride when you are angry or otherwise upset because it can cloud your judgment. What may not be as obvious is that it can also be dangerous riding when you are feeling extremely excited and on top of the world. You may not measure risk appropriately.
You don’t have to be in a Zen-like state of perfect calm – but you do need to be thinking clearly.
3. Don’t ride while intoxicated.
This tip is nothing new, but we must emphasize it nonetheless. The holidays and winter provide opportunities to get together and celebrate for people from all walks of life. Alcohol can be a significant part of the celebrations. But we all know that alcohol use and riding a motorcycle should never be combined. Even a single drink can subtly alter your perception and your reaction times. It is far better to save your ride for another time than risk getting into a Utah motorcycle accident.
4. Be highly visible.
It gets dark early this time of year. Even when it’s daylight outside, automobile drivers are notorious for failing to see motorcyclists. You should make every attempt to be seen. Wear highly visible clothing, make sure your lights are working, and ride in such a way that everyone knows you are there.
Been in a Motorcycle Accident?
No matter how careful you are, there is always the chance that someone else on the road will cause an accident. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, please fill out our contact form or call us at (801) 845-4577. Our Utah motorcycle accident law firm is ready to fight tirelessly on your behalf.