A crisp chill is in the air and the early mornings are usually frosty, but now is a great time to see the views from The Diamondback – NC 226A and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here are a few safety reminders for the winter months ahead. The first rains of winter fall on roads that have been coated with oil from the summer traffic. Wet roads offer less grip than dry roads and could have a sheen of oil that affects the traction of your tires. Looking like puddles, potholes don’t look deep until you ride over them. Never assume a puddle is just a puddle! The painted surface of white lines and directional arrows and manhole covers are very slippery in the rain. Try not to ride to close to the middle of the road during rain, as the line markings collect fuel and dirt deposits. Make sure your bike is under control heading into curves. Just ride a little slower. Never sharply brake or accelerate to quickly either! Remember that cold hands and feet slow your reflexes down. Treat yourself to warmer gear and enjoy a ride this winter.