To the traditional driver, wind doesn’t seem like a typical travel issue, but to the motorcycle rider, wind can be a frustrating and potentially life threatening issue. As a motorcycle rider, you are constantly susceptible to the elements. Any change in weather conditions should result in a reaction plan from you.
During your ride, you can expect the speed and intensity of the wind to change. Don’t let this take you by surprise. Be aware of this possibility and prepare before your trip. Other factors on your path can affect the strength of the wind you experience. Large cars and trucks moving in the opposite direction can momentarily deflect the wind direction, while trees and environmental factors can direct the wind your way.
Map out your trip and be aware of your surroundings. Some areas during your journey will naturally draw stronger winds. If possible, avoid routes that include gateways and bridges. These elements are known to cause larger gusts of winds.
When moving from a heavily winded area to a more sheltered section, be alert. This change in wind speed could potentially cause issues with balance and could lead to an accident.
Proper bike gear and appropriate attire can minimize the effects wind has on you as the rider. Tight clothing is best for high-speed winds because it is less likely to move with the wind, causing a distraction. Select a full-face helmet to protect your eyes and face from the discomfort of the wind. As for your bike, pack light. The lighter the load on your bike the easier it will be to control during the heavy winds. If you are riding along with a passenger, be aware of the extra mass this adds and prepare for your bike to be more difficult to control against the wind.
The way you ride your bike during high winds should be adjusted to give you the best control over your bike. Give others on the road more room than usual. When passing other motorcycle riders or drivers on the road, move with caution. Others are just as susceptible to side winds and may not be as experienced under these conditions. Because strong winds can cause anyone on the road to lose control, keep a safe distance and be especially careful during your ride.
Any change in weather conditions should result in an immediate reaction if you plan to set out on a motorcycle ride. Preparing for these changes and being aware of the necessary techniques needed to maintain control as a motorcycle rider will not only protect you, but the others on the road as well. You can read more about safe motorcycle habits here, and for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer, call us toll-free at 800.676.5295.