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You may be inclined to believe winter is the end of your scootering journeys until the warm weather arrives in spring.

However, the cold doesn’t have to be a roadblock between you and your pride and joy taking to the roads. Following the below tips will ensure you can carry on riding your scooter throughout the season:

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  1. Make sure you’re visible. Travelling during the winter can be dangerous during the dark mornings/nights. Bad weather can also impair drivers’ vision.Use your lights and wear reflective strips on clothing and on your scooter.

  2. Thoroughly check your scooter. Make sure the battery is charged. Check you have enough fuel to get to your destination. Check oil levels. Make sure tyres have enough tread and the pressures are correct. Check all lights are in working order and check your brakes.

  3. Road conditions can be drastically different in the winter. Roads tend to be slippery and ice can take a while to thaw completely on vehicles and roads. Be wary of potholes and areas that have not been gritted. Ride according to the road conditions. In snow and ice, be slow and gentle with your brakes, clutch, steering and throttle. Remember braking distances are increased on slippery roads

  4. Be aware of other road users. Keep an eye on cars close behind you and signal in good time. Leave plenty of space between yourself and the vehicle in front.

  5. Wear warm, waterproof clothing. Keeping warm and dry will help keep you more focused on riding and the conditions around you.

  6. Keep your scooter clean as grit from roads can corrode the bodywork and cause all sorts of damage.

  7. Wear a scarf or some kind of neck covering to stop cold air getting in between your helmet and jacket. Wear suitable gloves to keep you warm, but also keep hands free to use the throttle and change gear.

  8. It’s important to wear a full-face helmet as most body heat is lost through your head. Visors should be clear and kept clean and scratch-free. Choose a helmet with ventilation to prevent steaming up.

  9. Always carry a mobile phone and some money in case of an emergency. With these simple tips and some common sense, there is no reason not to ride your scooter in winter.

  10. If you get too cold or the conditions are too bad then stop when it is safe to do so. Check the weather and the road conditions and allow plenty of time for the journey. If the roads are particularly bad then revise your route if possible.

Be safe and enjoy the ride. If you get too cold or the conditions are too bad then stop when it is safe to do so. If you’re looking to ride your scooter all year round and not just during the warm weather, make sure you have the right cover for your scooter.

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