Tips to ride during the rainJanuary 8, 2012 by: Bhavesh Kumar
Rains are a very enjoyable phenomenon that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us, and the pleasure of driving in such an environment particularly could have been manifold. Fear of driving a Motor Bike has also been found among some riders during such environmental conditions. Slippery roads and reduced vision have been the factors that disturb the riders the most during such conditions. Some important tips through which the experience of a rainy ride may remain pleasant for you are:
It is very important to keep you dry and give you that extra confidence while driving. Wearing gauntlets is critical to keeping away the water from entering your sleeve and could help you in keeping dry a little longer.
The lack of grip on wet roads also tends to give some new riders Goosebumps but following some easy measures could kick away that ghost. One could try and see the grip that he is getting in slower speeds and also have an idea in advance that in how much time they could decelerate from a certain speed. Keeping the tires a little overinflated by about 5 PSI from the usually recommended numbers could prevent the rider from falling prey to hydroplaning.
Don’t get uneasy and stay calm while sitting on the saddle. Keep an erect posture and try to adopt a posture to assist your glide with the wind. Resisting the wind at high speeds is strictly not advisable.
Staying in Control
Riding isn’t short of any art that one needs to excel with every journey you embark on. Learn the speed and plan a little in advance based on your response timing to an emergency situation as to how you are going to halt the vehicle without causing any major damage to anyone. Know about the different kind of environments and bring all the requisite changes in your driving style like knowing well in advance how the tires of your bike are responding on wet roads.
Replacing the dark face shields with neutral color face shield could help you get clearer view of the road you are riding on. Wear gear in fluorescent colors like bright yellow and orange, so that people could spot riders on the road easily and silly accidents due to lack of vision could be averted. In times of fog you should also try to avoid going out because if any vehicle over look the bike on the road and slipping on the already wet roads could turn the ride into a very harmful experience. Avoiding such outing is advised more than being ignorant and keeping your lives at stake. Ride Safe!