Riding a motorcycle is exhilarating but can also be hazardous, especially in unpredictable weather. The chances of getting caught in a sudden downpour are high in Florida. Although many might opt not to ride when the forecast looks grim, sometimes the rain surprises you. And, sometimes, riding even when you know it will rain is unavoidable.
Getting drenched is the least of your worries when riding a motorcycle in the rain. Wet roads drastically reduce your bike’s grip and impair your visibility. On top of that, you must deal with other vehicles, many of which are not as cautious as they should be when it’s pouring. Taking steps to increase your safety is critical in these conditions.
Watch your speed in the wet weather
Speed is your enemy when you’re riding a motorcycle in the rain. Wet roads mean less traction and less traction can lead to skidding. Slowing down reduces your chances of losing control of your bike. You’ll also have more time to react to obstacles or sudden moves by other vehicles. Remember, other drivers also deal with reduced visibility and traction, so give yourself and them ample space to navigate safely.
Choose gear carefully
Riding in the rain without appropriate gear can be both uncomfortable and dangerous. A good quality rain suit, waterproof gloves and boots are essentials for wet weather riding. Besides keeping you dry, the right gear can offer added protection in a fall or slide. It’s also advisable to wear bright or reflective clothing to make yourself more visible to other motorists in low-light conditions.
Ultimately, even the most skilled and safest motorcyclist is still at the mercy of other drivers. If the unthinkable occurs and another driver strikes you, get immediate medical care. Once you do that, you may opt to pursue a compensation claim.