The risk of an accident is high when riding a motorbike in the rain. In the wet season, it is essential to take precautions to minimise the risk of accidents when riding in the rain.
Choice of clothing and equipment
Among the precautionary measures to be taken by a motorcyclist in the rain are clothing and equipment. As far as clothing is concerned, you should always carry a mackintosh or rain gear in your luggage rack. These clothes should be suitable for motorbike riding, without ever hindering the motorcyclist’s movements. Waterproof trousers and boots made of synthetic material are also useful. As far as accessories are concerned, it is a good idea to carry a rain spray to clean the visor and keep the view clear. Waterproof gloves are also essential for effective acceleration and braking when riding in the rain.
Regular maintenance of the motorbike in the wet season is a good precaution in case of rain. First of all, it is essential to leave the bike in the garage to keep it watertight, to avoid rust and water infiltration in the tank, in the carburettor, and even in the engine. By necessity, the motorcyclist will have to be ridden in the rain despite one’s desire to leave his/ her vehicle in the garage. In this case, it will be necessary to check certain elements before setting off, such as the correct pressure and wear of the tyres, the quality of the suspension, the correct operation of the lighting, the quality of the braking system, etc.
Riding techniques in the rain
Riding in the rain is not at all the same as riding in the dry season. Precautionary measures must be taken in the rain to avoid falls that can lead to serious health problems and even death. When it is raining and you have to ride your motorbike, you should turn on your headlights. The motorcyclist should wear reflective strips on his mackintosh and clothing. If the motorcyclist is used to riding at 80km/h or 90km/h in normal conditions, 60km/h or even 50km/h should be used when it is raining. A good safety distance from the vehicle in front of you should also be considered. This way, there will be no sudden braking even if the vehicle in front of you stops unexpectedly.