As a motorcycle owner and rider, you understand that many otherwise uninteresting trips can be made more interesting by getting on your motorcycle. In Florida, many riders see the continual rain as a hindrance to motorcyclists. We’ve all seen riders huddled under overpasses during a rain event, waiting until they can get back on the road. But is this tactic absolutely necessary?
Riding smarter when the water’s on the ground
As of 2016, Florida had the highest number of motorcycle injuries in the country. For those that rely on their motorcycle for transportation or who love getting out for a ride whatever the weather, here are some safety tips for riding during a rain event:
- Oil slicks: One of the most well-known facts is that rain will push oil up that has soaked into the asphalt. This oil can be a nightmare for your traction, even when you’re moving in a straight line. Be aware that oil slicks tend to be worse soon after it starts raining.
- Bike handling: No matter what kind of wheels you have on your bike, you can’t ride the same way that you can when the road’s bone dry. These limitations mean that you should slow down substantially for turns and brake in anticipation of a stop to keep from sliding out.
- Low visibility: Visibility restrictions don’t just apply to how well you can see or if your helmet visor has rain repellant material on it. Other drivers are often a motorcyclist’s greatest concern when visibility decreases on the road. Cars that are merging or changing lanes should always be on your mind, as there’s an even lower likelihood that these drivers can see you.
- Road changes: Keep an eye out for gradient changes, work zones, steel construction plates, utility hole covers, pavement sealer. All of these materials can become extremely slippery in a rain event.
Finding an advocate for your recovery
If you or a loved one was in a motorcycle accident, the injuries you sustained could be life-altering. Don’t settle for the minimal compensation offered to you. Find a personal injury lawyer that specializes in motorcycle accidents to make sure you find the compensation you deserve.