November 06, 2011 19:00 ET

Be Road Ready this Winter With Swinton Bikes

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 6, 2011) - As the dark nights roll in Swinton Bike Insurance is offering some handy tips for motorcyclists this winter to reduce the risk of accidents and help them stay safe on the roads.

Swinton Bikes, a leading broker of motorcycle insurance understands that for some riders wintertime is when they cover their bike with tarpaulin and wait for spring to come round.

However, with Swinton Bike's tips motorcyclist can enjoy year round riding:

  • Motorcyclist should wear suitable winter clothing. One piece suits offer the best protection against icy winds but can be expensive. If wearing a two piece suit overlap the layers to stay warm.
  • Riders need to give the road their upmost respect in the winter months, as there can be much less grip on the roads. Always ride within your limits and allow more time to get to your destination.
  • Wear full sleeve high visibility clothing, motorists have a hard time seeing motorcyclists at the best of times so the more reflective gear a rider can wear the better.
  • Perform a POWDER check every time you use your bike.
    • Petrol – Make sure you have enough for your journey
    • Oil – Check the colour and level of your oil
    • Water – check the radiator is topped up (if applicable)
    • Drive – check you chain for slack or levels of oil on shaft drives
    • Electrics – check you lights, indicators and horn are working
    • Rubber- Your tyres will have a tred wear indicator that should be checked

Antony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes said, "It is vital that motorcyclist using their bikes in the winter stay extra alert on the roads especially in the dark morning and evenings. Taking extra care on the road this winter will reduce accidents and keep motorbike insurance premiums stable."

About Swinton

  • With 603 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
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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