Motorcycle accidents happen very often during winter and rainy seasons when the ground is extremely slippery. More so for the rainy season because when a downpour starts, motorcycle riders tend to skid due to the water on the ground. Not only that, but heavy rains could actually cloud the vision of riders. When they can’t see anymore, they might run into a passing car or hit a curb. So in order to avoid those accidents, you have to make sure that you ride very safely in the rain. How exactly are you going to do that? Here are a few tips that you can follow.
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Don’t ride for the first 15 minutes of the downpour.
The first 15 minutes of the downpour is always the heaviest which means that the first 15 minutes of heavy rain is actually the most dangerous. Also, the road is the most slippery during this time since the water has just hit the ground and has not been absorbed by the pavement yet. The best thing to do is to just pull over in a coffee shop and wait for the rain to weaken.
Equip yourself with the right gear.
When you are in the rain, you are going to need some good motorcycle rain gear (a raincoat designed for motorcycle riders) to make sure that you don’t get drenched (you might get pneumonia from that). You will also need some motorcycle boots so that your feet won’t slip when you try to push down on the brakes or the accelerator. One of the most important things that you will need is a good full face motorcycle helmet. Does it really have to be a full face helmet? Yes, because a full face helmet will ensure that water will not get into your eyes. If water gets into your eyes while you are riding, you might lose your vision for a second and get into an accident.
Watch out for smooth surfaces.
Smooth surfaces are always the most slippery. How do I spot a smooth surface? Look out for anything metal! Manhole covers, steel floorings, and train tracks are some examples of surfaces that you should avoid when riding your motorcycle in the rain.
Keep your lights on.
Keeping your lights bright is very crucial when riding in the rain. Whenever it rains heavily, your surroundings will turn dark which means that cars near you might not see you coming. In order to alert them that you are there, you have to shine your headlight brightly so that vehicles around you will know that there is a motorcycle close to them.
Avoid riding too near cars.
Riding near other cars is probably one of the most dangerous things you can do, especially when it’s raining. If a car in front of you suddenly stops, then you’ll get hit by the full impact of the car! If you are riding right beside a car, the car could hit you by accident if the driver can’t see properly because of the rain. No matter what position you are in, you will always be on the losing end if you are near a bigger vehicle. Always remember that when it’s raining (or even when it’s not raining), never ride near another vehicle.
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Yes, this is probably a very obvious statement but you would be surprised that it is something most people don’t do when they ride in the rain. Let me emphasize that when it rains, you are not supposed to ride fast. You are supposed to slow down. If you don’t slow down, your bike could skid on the slippery ground or a vehicle might come out from a blind angle and hit you. It pays to ride defensively so that you won’t suffer any injuries.
Riding in the rain is extremely dangerous if you do not know how. However, if you know how to take the necessary precautions, then you won’t have to worry about meeting an accident during a huge downpour. Make sure that you always follow the tips above whenever you happen to be riding your motorcycle in a downpour.