Living in Ohio, weather is always unpredictable and as a motorcyclist, getting caught in the rain while riding is a possibility. Unfortunately, many people don’t use their best judgment while driving in the rain, resulting in accidents. Issues impacting a motorcyclist’s ride may include slippery roads, impaired visibility, or flooded lanes. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe while riding in the rain.
6 Tips for Riding in the Rain
Keep a Safe Distance
It is crucial to maintain a safe following distance, especially in the rain. When the pavement is wet, brake time could take longer.
It’s tough to estimate the depth of a puddle on the road. If you get caught riding in the rain, avoid puddles as much as possible. Puddles tend to be deeper than perceived and when run over, this could result in hydroplaning of the motorcycle.
Speeding on wet pavement allows more room for error. When it rains, oils rise to the road’s surface and float on top of any water, creating a slick. If you’re speeding and hit a slick spot, it could result in a slide, skid, or worse.
Bring the Correct Gear
Even if the weather calls for no rain, a motorcyclist must always be prepared. This can include storing a waterproof jacket, gloves, the proper helmet, glasses, etc., in their saddlebags.
Use Good Judgement
Rather than pushing for a potential accident, the smartest thing may be to avoid riding if the rain is too heavy. If you’re already on the road, consider pulling off under an overpass or taking shelter elsewhere until the rain passes. It is important to stay safe as much as possible.
Don’t Drink and Ride
With rain already working against the rider, adding alcohol to the mix could further impact their safety. In 2019, there were 5,014 motorcyclists killed, and 29% were under the influence.
By following these tips, motorcyclists can avoid common mistakes that result in accidents and deaths daily.