How to Ride a Motorcycle Safely on Mountainous Road?
Hitting the circuitous mountain roads in winter is one of those special experiences every motorcyclist needs to experience at least once! Unlike riding in the plains, there are a few additional safety concerns that you need to keep in mind when riding in the slopes. If you are planning to visit the mountains with your friends this winter, here are a few things that you need to know to stay safe on your bike during the trip. Let’s get started!
Always take it slow
The simplest way to prevent an accident while riding on the slopes is to take things slow. The surface may be covered in thin ice formed by dew drops solidifying over the night. On top of that, the cold temperature can significantly impact visibility because of overhanging fog or thick dew. Some drivers may also be driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in impaired judgement – all of which makes it all a whole lot more complicated for you to stay safe. The only way to safeguard yourself against all of these hazards is to slow down, and keep the maximum speed within manageable limits and always wear a brand-new premium motorcycle helmet and riding gloves.
Don’t accelerate or overtake on turns
A major reason behind two-wheeler accidents while riding in the winter is the fatal mistake of accelerating or overtaking on turns. This is when they get blindsided and panic when a vehicle appears suddenly from across the turn. Keeping a steady speed on turns will make it easier for you to control the vehicle in case there is an emergency on the other end of the turn. A good idea to stay safe on turns is to check the rear-view mirrors for other vehicles trying to overtake you at the same time as you are attempting to overtake a vehicle in front of you. Always check for vehicles on the other side of the road, especially if it is a single lane. Maintain a steady speed at all times to prevent the risk of suddenly being blindsided. Be extra safe and careful of these risks while riding in the dark.
Keep speed within manageable limits
When you are riding within your motorcycle’s braking limits, you are more likely to be able to stop the bike before hitting someone. The cold surface definitely makes things more challenging, and if you do not have the right tires, an attempt at panic breaking will inevitably lead to an accident. At turns reduce the speed below 30 kmph so that you can see ahead and make smart riding decisions. When you are riding in the dark, make sure to ride only as fast as it possible for you to see the road ahead and brake safely.
Take care of the tires
Take extra precaution to change your tires to proper winter tires to stay safe on cold riding surfaces. This becomes even more important if you reside in a cold area, or you plan to ride to colder destinations all winter. Winter tires are better at providing superior grip on the road surface. Normal road tires are adequate for average riding conditions, but when the mercury drops a lot, it is highly recommended to ride on winter tires.
Be always prepared for emergencies
When you are mentally prepared for road risks, you are more likely to be able to tackle it than panic and lose control. Know of the risks involved with riding on cold, wet roads and stay within the limits of your skills and the bike’s mechanical limitations.