cold-weather cruising: how to ride a scooter in winter
Riding your scooter in bad weather doesn't have to spell bad news. If you must head out, brave the icy, wet roads with confidence (and caution) with these winter scooter-riding tips.
5 steps for a safer ride
Cold and stormy weather poses a danger to any motorist, but especially to riders on 2 wheels. There are several things to consider when riding a scooter in the rain and other inclement conditions.
1. Signal and brake earlier
This will ensure other drivers around you have plenty of time to distance themselves if you're stopping or turning.
2. Don't ride for 30 minutes after rain
If it hasn't rained in a few days, the roads are particularly dangerous the first half hour after a fresh shower. If you're already out and about, it's best to pull over.
3. Avoid riding at night
Inclement weather already brings lower visibility, which gets even worse at night. Don't ride after dark unless you absolutely have to.
4. Park it if there's black ice
When the weather gets warm enough for the snow and ice to start melting, but then suddenly freezes over again, black ice is the unholy result. This stuff is not safe to ride on, so park it or find another route.
5. Be prepared for wind
Lean into the wind a bit if there's a sudden gust or a constant stream. Keep your scooter on the side of the lane where the wind is coming from in case a gust of wind pushes you to the other side.
Don your wintertime wear
When riding your scooter in the winter, you should wear gear that protects you from elements like wind chill, rain, snow, and even hypothermia and frostbite.
For your head
No one likes getting pummeled by heavy rain or hail. A full-coverage helmet can keep your mug dry plus protect your face from wind chill and frostbite.
For your body
Start with thermal underwear, long socks, and a long-sleeve T-shirt. Make your second layer your normal clothes for the day and top it off with your scooter jacket and a scarf or neck gasket. If you want to stay extra dry, try plastic parkas and boot covers.
Also, wear colorful items or metallic reflectors to make sure other drivers can see you in low-visibility conditions.
For your legs
Snowmobile or ski pants will offer you water-resistant protection. Try them on over jeans or slacks to make sure you can layer with them.
For your hands
Look for a pair of insulated gloves that keep your hands toasty, without hampering your control of the scooter with too much bulk or padding. Gloves with pre-curved fingers that help you get a better feel for your handlebars might be your best bet.
For your feet
They might not be the most stylish riding accessories, but heavy riding boots are crucial in harsh conditions. After all, cold, wet feet aren't only an accident risk, but a health hazard, too.
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