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Proper Tire Inflation Key to Safe Winter Driving


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Posted on Jan 11, 2016

Some important safety information came to us today from the EIN|Presswire Motorcycle News. We all know that tire pressure is an important factor in safety, but how many of us routinely check this?  Although the emphasis of the article on EIN|Presswire was about cars, motorcycle tire pressure is even more important. The EIN story deals with cars and winter driving, but some of us on two and three wheels still get out and brave the roadways during winter, even in the snow-states.  As long as the roadways are clear of snow and ice, I enjoy a winter ride on the weekend when I can cruise the backroads and get back home before dark.  I don't like riding at night during the winter because it's too hard to see ice on the road which can accumulate after a sunny day melts some surface snow and the wet roads freeze after sunset.

According to the article, tire pressure decreases with every 10 degree drop in temperature, so make sure to check your car tires often during the winter, and especially your bike tires if you like to do a little winter riding from time to time.

Equally important is tire pressure during the hot summer months. Properly inflated tires are not only safer, they afford better gas mileage as an added bonus. If you're planing a long road trip, be careful of how much gear you take along.  You should be aware of the load limits of your tires and motorcycle, including weight restrictions for saddle bags and tour packs. Overloaded motorcycles with under-inflated tires is a recipe for disaster.

When calculating how much gear you can tote, don't forget to add in the weight of any passenger you might have going with you. These weight limits are on a tag or sticker somewhere on your motorcycle (usually on the neck or front down-tube) and you can check the web pages for the manufacturer of your particular tire if you can't find any information on the tire. You can also check out this site for invaluable information on how to read the information stamped on your tire as well as other important information about tires.

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