Swinton Warns Bikers to Prepare Winter Wardrobe

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Wearing appropriate clothing as winter approaches could help reduce motorbike accidents, according to leading high street insurance retailer Swinton. Swinton is advising bikers to increase their visibility to other drivers to reduce the chance of an accident taking place.

Bikers should always ensure they wear the correct clothing at all times, and extra precautions should be taken during the winter months when weather conditions are unpredictable and risks are higher. With a wide variety of clothing ranges available for both men and women, safe clothing can still be stylish.

Wearing appropriate clothing as winter approaches could help reduce motorbike accidents, according to leading high street insurance retailer Swinton.

Swinton is advising bikers to increase their visibility to other drivers to reduce the chance of an accident taking place.

When choosing winter clothing there are many factors to consider. Bad weather affects visibility and the days are darker for longer so bikers should wear reflective clothing to help them be seen by other motorists, and reflective tape can also increase night time visibility when placed on the bike or crash helmet.

When worn for the first time, thicker gloves will create a feeling of less control over a bike and may take some getting used to. Waterproofs and textile jackets worn over leathers should be bought a size larger than normal to create room to move on a motorbike.

Wet and cold weather is not only an uncomfortable biking experience, but also increases the risk of hypothermia. Heated gloves, socks and waterproof clothing is recommended to retain heat and provide protection at the same time.

With CE approved body armour now common in most suits and accessories, there is no excuse for bikers to not stay protected.

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton motorbike insurance, said: "Bikers should always ensure they wear the correct clothing at all times, and extra precautions should be taken during the winter months when weather conditions are unpredictable and risks are higher. With a wide variety of clothing ranges available for both men and women, safe clothing can still be stylish."

About Swinton:

  •     With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  •     Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  •     Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

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