Cold and stormy weather poses a danger to any motorist, but especially to riders on two wheels. There are several things to consider so you’re equipped and ready when riding a Revel in inclement conditions.
Remember, always drive defensively, and only ride (or continue riding) if you are confident you are able to fully control the moped in the current conditions. If the weather is bad and you feel unsafe, don’t ride.
5 safety tips while Reveling in the winter:
- Signal and brake earlier. This will ensure other drivers around you have plenty of time to distance themselves if you're stopping or turning.
- 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.
- Stay as visible as possible. Inclement weather decreases visibility, both for you and other drivers. Make sure to use the horn, high beams, and hazard lights if you feel other vehicles can’t see you.
- Watch out for slippery surfaces. Once the snow melts and the rain has settled, manholes and unmelted salt can become hazardous to two wheeled motorists. Losing traction is dangerous, so avoid these surfaces or proceed with caution when driving over or through them.
- Be prepared for wind. Lean into the wind a bit if there's a sudden gust or a constant stream. Keep the Revel on the side of the lane where the wind is coming from in case a gust of wind pushes you to the other side.
When riding a Revel in the winter, you should wear gear that protects you from elements like windchill, rain, and snow in order to prevent hypothermia and frostbite.
We recommend wearing a scarf to help protect your mouth and face, a heavy jacket, thermal leggings, gloves and proper footwear when riding in the cold.