Unexpected storms can be a nightmare on the road, causing frequent fender-benders and slowing traffic. The chaos caused by rain is an inconvenience for everyone on the road, but can be potentially life threatening for motorcyclists. While you can’t always predict the weather, sudden rainfall may catch you off guard. Riding in the rain is an important skill to have to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
Keeping yourself dry and warm are two of the biggest struggles when riding in heavy rain. Being cold can affect your concentration and your ability to make quick decisions while on the road. Invest in a waterproof jacket, gloves, and boots if you are going to be riding in the rain frequently. If the weather in your area is often unpredictable, dress in layers and always keep your rain gear handy. Visor fogging can be one of the most dangerous parts of riding in the rain. Treat your helmet visor with an anti-fog so you have a clear view of the road.
Know the Road
When approaching an intersection, slow down. The areas of the road where cars come to a stop are the areas with the most oil. This will make coming to a stop difficult and could potentially lead to hydroplaning. Avoid running yellow lights, decrease your speed heading into intersections, and give yourself enough distance from the cars in front of you to avoid possible collisions. Remember to look out for manhole covers and potholes. Like black ice, riding directly over these reduces traction and makes it more difficult to keep control of the bike. If it is safe to do so, move around the covers or change lanes. When they are impossible to avoid, reduce your speed and avoid braking or accelerating quickly to maintain control.
Braking and Cornering
Poor weather conditions are dangerous for everyone, so caution should be your first priority when riding in the rain. When the rain starts to come down, be aware of your maneuvers and the way you are driving. When the roads are wet there is always a possibility of hydroplaning. To avoid this, apply less pressure to your front breaks when slowing down or coming to a stop. Stopping aggressively or suddenly while the road is slick will cause to you lose control of your bike. When approaching a corner, give yourself more time to slow down. Remember to break before turning and move slowly and deliberately.
Knowing how to properly drive in the rain protects you, as well as everyone on the road. Safety is always the most important aspect of motorcycle riding, regardless of the weather.
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