Watch out for winter roads
Riding on winter roads is potentially treacherous. Black ice, greasy surfaces, leaf falls, fog, low winter sun, heavy rain and snow may all make an appearance. There is only one way to cope and that’s to respect the elements and take things easier than you would under normal circumstances.
Position yourself in the middle of your lane to allow for any wind gusts and give yourself as much space as you can.
As a biker you’ll already be wary of cars and pedestrians and may well have felt invisible on more than one occasion. Winter can make things worse. The dark and poor weather can combine with steamed up windows or heads down battling the rain. You’ll need your wits well and truly about you.
Keep as much space around you and remember that on wet or icy roads you need longer to stop too. Increasing the distance between you and the vehicle in front brings another advantage too – less spray from its wheels, helping your visibility.
As well as the roads, the elements are also more challenging in winter. Sideways rain and wind gusts add to discomfort and challenge.
Remember, increased concentration can quickly lead to tiredness so make sure you take rests when you need to both warm up and refresh the senses.