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Riding in the Rain - Motorcycle Safety Tips

Riding a motorcycle in the rain is inevitable and requires extra caution and preparation to ensure safety.

Here are some essential tips:

  1. Plan Your Route: Know your route in advance to anticipate any tricky spots. Choose routes with good drainage and avoid areas prone to flooding if possible. Use the radar app on your phone to check the weather ahead, even at rest stops.
  2. Check Your Tires: Make sure your tires have adequate tread depth and are properly inflated. Good tires (with proper pressure) are crucial for maintaining traction on wet surfaces.
  3. Gear Up Properly:When you get wet, you get cold and fatigued. Wear appropriate rain gear to stay dry and comfortable. Every biker should have a waterproof jacket, pants, gloves, and boots to stay focused. Keep the vents open on your helmet to reduce fog.Keep plastic bags to protect valuables.
  4. Stay Visible: Use good rain gear that is bright and reflective.
  5. Worst Time/The First Half Hour The edge of the storm is typically the worst, having the most rain, wind, and flooding. Motorcyclists have also been struck by lightning. If in doubt, seek shelter immediately.
  6. Be Calm & Do Everything Slower: Reduce your speed to account for reduced traction and visibility. Slow down turns and braking. Keep your bike as upright as possible. This give you more time to react to hazards.
  7. Braking Distance & Giving Yourself More Room: Increase your following distance and start braking earlier than usual. Wet roads reduce braking efficiency, so gradual and gentle braking is key to avoid skidding. Some riders double their following distance.
  1. Use Both Brakes: Use both your front and rear brakes together, but be cautious not to lock them up. Applying smooth and controlled pressure helps maintain stability.
  2. Avoid Hazards: Puddles can hide hazards like potholes. Also best to avoid manhole covers, metal plates, painted lines and tar snakes, as they can be very slippery when wet. Try to avoid such hazards.
  3. Watch for Oil and Grime: Rain can bring up oils and other residues on the road surface, making it extra slippery. Exercise caution, especially at intersections and curves. When possible, pick a dry line.
  4. Mental Prep & Staying Focused: Keep distractions to a minimum and stay alert. Rainy conditions require heightened concentration on the road ahead. Best not to overreact or panic. Trust your tires.
  5. Beware of The Splash Zone: For long distance rides, on the interstate, pick the right lane depending on surrounding conditions. You might be surprised to see how many truckers move to the far inside lane to avoid spraying you as they pass by at higher speeds.
  6. Take Breaks & Be Flexible: Riding in the rain requires more rest stops. In severe conditions, be flexible to change your plans.
  7. After Riding: Upon reaching your destination, inspect your bike for any accumulated dirt or debris. Clean and dry it properly to maintain its condition.

Riding in the rain can be a cool experience if done safely. By following these tips, you can significantly enhance your safety and enjoyment.

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