Riding Your Motorcycle in the Rain Can Pose Danger
July 16th, 2021|
Spring is a highly-anticipated season for many bikers. The weather changes, and it’s time to get back out on the road again. While spring weather can be warm and beautiful, that can mean rain and wet riding conditions. Rain is not snow or ice, but it can still be dangerous for motorcyclists, and sometimes it may take special skills to navigate rainy roads safely.
Dangers of Motorcycle Riding in the Rain
Rain can be hazardous for drivers of any vehicle. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), over 70 percent of weather-related motor vehicle crashes happen on wet pavement, and 46 percent occur during rainfall. This is higher than any other type of weather-related accident, including those involving snow, sleet, ice, and fog.
Why can rain be so unsafe for drivers? According to the FHWA, precipitation has several different impacts on roadways and traffic flow. Rainfall can affect visibility distance and pavement friction and create lane obstructions on the road. In turn, drivers may find it more difficult to operate their vehicles safely. The FHWA also says that traction, driver capability, road treatment strategy, traffic signal timing, speed limit control, and coordination can be potentially impacted by rainy weather.
Motorcyclists may be even more vulnerable in rainy conditions, especially on slick pavement, because bikes are often less stable than most passenger cars and trucks. With only two wheels, the risk of losing traction and control can be more significant for bikers. Combined with poor visibility and other factors, there is no question that rain can be unexpectedly risky, and motorcyclists must take specific steps to prepare for this type of weather on the roadways.
Wearing the Right Gear
The right type of waterproofing gear can make all the difference while riding in the rain. Not only will appropriate gear make riding in rainy or wet conditions safer, but it may make it more enjoyable, especially when faced with high winds and extreme precipitation. Some types of riding clothing and gear to consider before your next ride in the rain include:
- Waterproof rain suit, glove, and boots;
- Helmet with an anti-fog visor, breath guard, or visor with electric defrost function;
- Warm gloves or neck warmer.
Safety Tips for Wet Riding Conditions
A few motorcycle riding tips may help you travel through streets safely during wet riding conditions. These include:
- Make throttle adjustments smoothly and in small increments: Try to use less lean angle and apply your brakes gradually to avoid needing to brake suddenly.
- Be careful at intersections: Oil can accumulate at intersections, so it’s a good idea to slow down when approaching an intersection and always check your rear-view mirror at a red light for other vehicles behind you.
- Keep an eye out for utility hole covers and sealer pavement: Both can reduce tire traction in rainy conditions.
- Look for a “dry line”: Try to ride in a stretch of dry pavement to maintain traction and maneuverability.
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to safety, but mastering these riding tips may help make your rides in the rain that much safer.
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