Riding a motorcycle in the summer rain is a unique experience that many enthusiasts relish. The feel of raindrops against the skin, the scent of wet earth and the sight of the world washed clean can be truly exhilarating. However, rain also brings added risks for motorcyclists.
Staying safe during summer rain rides requires careful preparation to ensure the best ride possible.
Ride with appropriate gear
Motorcyclists should ensure they have the right gear for wet-weather riding. This includes waterproof clothing, a helmet with an anti-fog visor and gloves that offer a good grip even when wet.
Inspect the motorcycle
Riders should regularly inspect their motorcycles to ensure they are in good working order. This includes checking tire tread depth, as well-worn tires can increase the risk of hydroplaning in wet conditions.
Be cautious and slow down
The roads can be slippery, especially during the first few minutes of a rainfall when oil residue on the road surface mixes with water, so it is important that motorcyclists reduce their speed when riding in the rain.
Increase following distance
Keeping a greater distance from the vehicle in front can provide more time to react to sudden stops or changes in direction. It also reduces the amount of spray from other vehicles, which can hamper visibility.
Use lights for visibility
Using headlights, even during the day, can increase a motorcyclist’s visibility to other road users. It also helps the rider see better in heavy rain or when light levels are low.
Avoid riding during heavy rain
If the rain becomes too heavy, it may be safer to pull over and wait for it to lessen. Heavy rain can severely restrict visibility and make the roads extremely slippery.
Plan the route
Motorcyclists should plan their route before setting off, avoiding areas known to flood or have poor drainage. Weather forecasts can provide helpful information about expected rain and storm conditions.
When they know what to do and how to prepare themselves, motorcyclists can mitigate the risks posed by wet weather and ensure their ride is both enjoyable and safe.