As the Monsoon or Habagat season kicks in here in our country, we need to be extra cautious while riding our motorcycle in the rain. For those two-wheel warriors out there, here’s our extra safety tip if you choose to brave the drizzles or the heavy down pour during this wet and wild season.
Riding in the Rain
As the weather this time of year shift towards the spectrum of sudden drizzles to mighty thunderstorms, hitting the road with extra caution and care is more than necessary. From unpassable road conditions to keeping your belongings dry, there are a number of concerns to resolve even before you hop on your bike and they just can’t be ignored. Consider this your rainy-day guidelines because you’re certainly going to need more than just your all-weather boots, thick gloves, and durable, waterproof jacket.
Stand Out with Color
Vision and spatial recognition are two important components that determine crucial, split-second decisions for any and every motorist. Given the ability of the motorcycle to maneuver through tight spots, you run the great danger of sustaining injury (or even worse) if you move in circumstances that have impaired your fellow motorists’ vision and spatial recognition. The solution: wear brightly-colored gear so it won’t seem that you’d be coming out of nowhere. Being seen is just as imperative as knowing where to go when the rain hits, especially when it doesn’t let up.
Fight the Fog
This piggybacks on our very first point: to know where you have to go is clearly seeing the path before you. The weight of this more than doubles when you’ve got rains, winds, and even flood to think about. Obviously, when there is fog between you and your face shield, things become complicated. Dealing with fog in harsh climate conditions (that—most probably than not—leads to heavy traffic) is certainly something that you could avoid, so better smarten up and be safe than to be sorry. While you’re at it, get a reliable weather forecast app on your phone that can help you decide if riding through the rain is worth the risk.
There’s reason why you should follow suit when you see four-wheeled vehicles falling in line—especially when floodwater starts to distort what you can and can’t see from the streets—and they keep form. The line of vehicles will help you know which portions and sections of the road to avoid, if there are potholes that can lead to even bigger headaches; or if even if there a dips and whirlpools you must steer clear from. Deviating from the line of four-wheelers may not be the wisest of strategies if you want to stay on the safe side of things.
Take a Brake
Whenever you pass through floods, you can expect disc brakes to be less responsive. Once you are in the clear, it’s best to ride in normal speed at first. By applying the right force, press on your front brake while stepping on your rear brake and adding throttle, all with ease. Be very delicate and thorough with this process until your rotor and brakes dry up. Having “compromised” brakes may dampen your approach to getting through traffic, so always remember, there’s no need to be in a hurry, especially when—at any given moment—things may go instantly south for you and people around you just because of misjudgment and carelessness.