Riding a motorcycle in the rain is more than just unpleasant; it also comes with inherent risks. Reduced visibility, slippery roads and wet gear combine to make the roads treacherous.
If you ride regularly, then you will likely find yourself in a downpour at some point. When Mother Nature strikes, these five tips can help you avoid accidents and injuries:
- Wear the right gear;
- Adjust your riding style;
- Pay extra attention at intersections;
- Look out for manhole covers and road markings;
- And find a dry line on the road.
If you were injured by a negligent motorist in Alabama, contact Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. A Montgomery personal-injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation for health-care expenses, time off work and other damages.
Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation. Until then, here are five tips to help you avoid collisions in the rain:
- Wear the Right Gear
Staying dry and comfortable is important for rider safety. Sport Rider Magazine recommends that riders purchase a waterproof rain suit, boots, gloves and even an electric vest to stay dry and warm. Multiple layers beneath a waterproof shell can reduce the impact of cold rain.
Make sure your helmet has an anti-fog visor or breath guard. Some modern helmets also come with an electric defrost function to keep your vision clear.
- Adjust Your Riding Style
It is important to change the way you handle your motorcycle when riding in wet weather. Learn to ride in a “smoother” fashion. This means using a smaller lean angle when turning and applying your brakes gradually. Any sudden or sharp movements can cause you to lose control of your bike.
- Pay Extra Attention at Intersections
Rain mixes with oil in the road and causes slippery conditions. This is particularly true in areas where cars come to rest and idle, such as stop signs and traffic lights.
Also, many drivers also approach red lights too quickly in the rain and are unable to stop, which leads to rear-end accidents. Keep an eye on your mirrors, and give yourself space to maneuver around the vehicle in front if necessary.
- Look out for Manhole Covers and Road Markings
Manhole covers and road markings can be particularly slippery in wet weather. Avoid riding and cornering on centerlines and manhole covers, and come to a stop before you reach the line at stop signs and traffic lights.
- Find a Dry Line on the Road
Try to find a dry line when riding. According to Twisted Throttle, cars’ wheels can act like plows and push water out of the road. This can present a safe, dry line to follow.
If you were injured in a motorcycle crash in Alabama, contact a Montgomery personal-injury attorney from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.