SAFETY TIPS FOR RIDING MOTORCYCLE IN THE RAIN
by Jeffrey J. Kroll
With the weather finally getting warmer, motorcycles will be back on the roads, however rainfall remains a safety hazard for motorcyclists. By being fully prepared for inclement weather, a motorcyclist can stay safe on Illinois roads.
WEAR THE RIGHT GEAR
Wearing the right gear is an important precautionary measure and can help motorcyclists stay safe in less-than-ideal weather. When riding in potentially wet conditions, motorcyclists should consider the following attire:
- Water-resistant clothing
- Helmets – Although is not required by law in Illinois, a full-face helmet with an anti-dash fog visor and breath guard provides excellent protection and visibility while driving in rain.
- Waterproof gloves
- Waterproof riding boots
A motorcyclist should be fully aware of the dangers wet roads present. For example, wet roads may cause reduced traction, hydroplaning and even a decrease in visibility. Similarly, it will take longer for motorcyclists to stop on wet pavement compared to dry pavement.
Riding a motorcycle in the rain or on wet pavement is not the same as operating a motorcycle in dry weather. Not only is visibility impacted, but rain brings changes to the road service. Therefore, reduction of speed and adjusting your riding technique is imperative for not only your safety, but the safety of others.
Even if you take all necessary safely precautions, a motorcycle accident can still occur. If your accident was caused by another person’s negligence, the skilled motorcycle personal injury attorneys at Kaveny + Kroll can help.