Riding in Storms: Tips for Summer

If you ride your motorcycle on any type of consistent basis, sooner or later you are going to get wet. It is a simple fact. You cannot dodge the raindrops all of the time.

It is important to note that there is a big difference between a light summer shower and a full blown thunder and electrical storm. Even for the most experienced bikers, an electrical storm is filled with a number of dangers. In addition to lighting, riders have to be aware of road conditions, flying debris and limited visibility. In these conditions, it is best if every rider is made aware of a few simple motorcycle safety tips.

Getting out of Danger

If a storm seems imminent, the following motorcycle safety tips will help to keep you out harms way:

  • Pull Over: Road conditions will deteriorate quickly during a rainstorm. As the water mixes with the oils and loose gravel, roadways will become slick, possibly making navigation more difficult. To reduce the risk of a motorcycle accident, consider pulling of to the side of the road.
  • Stay Alert: At the first sound of thunder or sign of lightning, start seeking shelter immediately. A good rule of thumb is the five second rule. If there is more than five seconds between a flash of lightening and the corresponding thunder clap, the storm is still off in the distance.
  • Find low ground: If lightning is near – less than three seconds between the lightening and thunder – it is important to seek the low ground. Pull your bike off to the side of the road and get as low as possible.

Being Prepared

In addition to getting out of danger, it is important to always be prepared. There simply is not an excuse for heading out onto the road without access to the following motorcycle safety resources:

  • Helmet with Visor
  • Heavy or Light Weight Motorcycle Rain Jacket
  • Goggles
  • Lightweight Motorcycle Rain Pants Covers

In the end, the key to riding safely in a storm is to understand your limitations. During severe weather, it is best to pull off and wait for the weather to clear before you continue your ride.

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