As the rainy season continues, many motorists are prone to more risks while on the road. The streets become slippery and can cause more accidents. Flooding is also an issue, contributing to the already horrendous gridlock.
Yet poor weather conditions do not mean we can’t enjoy the ride. This is especially true for two-wheeled travel. Just like their motor car-driving counterparts, motorcycle riders can still venture out into those damped roads. All it takes is a bit of extra care.
The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association (MDPPA), through its Road Safety Committee Chairman, Jacinto Cadugo, gives a few tips for a safer rainy day ride.
- It is best to wear proper attire. Wearing proper rain gear helps keep you dry. This not only increases comfort while driving but likewise protects you from getting sick. Moreover, a helmet with face visor and bright colored rain gear keep your face dry and make you more visible to other motorists, respectively.
- Always be mindful of road conditions and other vehicles. Those painted lines on the road can be extra slippery so it would be best to stay away from them. Moreover, manholes and potholes can be extra dangerous during these times so again, avoid them. And as mentioned, the streets can be slippery so keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles. This gives you an added margin of safety to brake and maneuver accordingly.
- Lightning may strike. When this happens, it would be best to stop and seek shelter. Do avoid taking cover under a tree, however, as this can be more dangerous when hit by lightning.
- Be mindful of outside forces. Apart from wearing bright-colored gear to make you more visible on the road, always keep the headlights and taillights on. Apart from this, it is advisable to spray water repellent solution on that helmet visor. This keeps it from fogging up and helps keep it dry when hit by rainwater.
- Always make sure that you check your motorcycle’s condition before riding. This is especially useful during rainy days when the last thing you need is a breakdown. Or worse.
- Make sure that you are in tip-top shape. Get enough sleep and always stay alert. This will help you avoid accidents. Plus, you get to enjoy the ride even more.
Rainy days need not dampen our spirits or ruin our ride. If we can’t beat the weather, we can at least do our best to ensure that we have a safe and stress-free ride.