6 Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riding in Rain
by shumail ayub
( NE4 6AL)
Riding a motorcycle requires a lot of skill, training, focus, risk tolerance, experience so you can ride safely under varying weather and terrain conditions. Riding a motorcycle in the rain requires practice and a lot of skill, but it is not something that you should fear. There is no doubt that there are some difficulties that one faces during rainy weather but you can counter all of those. Discussed below are some of the problems that one faces and along with that tips on how to counter those obstacles. Learn to ride in the rain so you can enjoy the experience while staying safe!
1) Motorcycle Waterproof Clothing
Make sure that when you are going out to ride in the rain, you are wearing proper motorcycle rain clothing that is waterproof and does not let any kind of water drip in to your body. From waterproof jackets, to motorcycle waterproof trousers you will find that all accessories and gear is available for the wet and rainy weather.
2) Waterproof Motorbike Gear
Many motorcyclists complain that although the motorbike helmet covers the head and face and provides protection, it does little to stop water from seeping in. yes, water can be a distraction especially if you want t stay dry and concentrate on the road. To solve this problem, always buy top quality motorcycle crash helmets that have a tight seal and does not allow water to flow in. Get waterproof gauntlet gloves that will not allow rain water to enter, as the cuff adjustment is so tight. Or you can simply tuck the gloves in the cuff of the jacket.
Many motorcyclists face trouble and accidents on wet road and terrains as they become slippery. One has to learn to adjust the speed as well as controlling the brake system that responds differently in rain. However, if you have gotten latest tires installed which have a good grip on the pavement even if it is wet it is better and safer for you. You have to get used to the roads and find out which ones offer best traction as there may be some which are worn out and provide less traction but some hard pavement or street that has better traction .One technique in finding out the traction of the road is by applying the brake carefully to the point of lock-up. Be cautious of broken roads, tarred pavements, and places where you suspect that oil or slippery substance might have been spilled. Stay away from such areas especially in the rain as they can cause the tire to slip and for the motorcycle to go out of your control. Of course, follow the instructions of staying at a low speed during rain and careful braking.
4) Low Visibility in Rain
When you buy a motorcycle helmet, make sure that it has anti-fog feature in the visor as it will help your vision especially during rain. You should also have a helmet with a visor that does not let water stay on it too much and the rain drop slip right off it. You can also lift up the visor if visibility is really low to avoid any accidents or mishaps due to low visibility.
5) Wind & Lightning
Of course, besides rain there are other weather related things to be expected for motorcyclists. Since you are exposed to the air, you should not ride out in times when you feel that lightning might strike you. Also, be wary of the wind and make sur eyour motorcycle helmet is aerodynamically designed in a way that the wind does not slow you down or cause an impediment in your driving.
Riding a motorcycle in the rain is basically about buying the right gear and wardrobe so that you are dressed up accoridng to the weather. It also means that you will be wary of the rules, regulations that are taught to you during driving schools as well learn from other's experiences. You should be able to get the hang of riding in the rain with your personal experiences and keep in mind all the tips mentioned above. The key is to remain in control of your motorbike.