While Florida is often an ideal place to ride a motorcycle, motorcyclists also have to know how to ride safely in the rain, lots of rain. Wet road conditions can be dangerous, especially with only two wheels touching the pavement.
While some motorcyclists avoid riding in the rain, others don’t have that luxury if they get caught out in it or don’t have another method of transportation. If you live in Florida and own a motorcycle, you need to know how to ride in the rain, or at least be reminded of safety tips for wet weather riding. Tips include:
- Stay visible. When roads are slick and rain is coming down, visibility is lower for everyone. This means that other motorists will have a harder time seeing your motorcycle. Turn on your headlight, wear bright, reflective clothing, and don’t ride in between lanes of traffic.
- Ride slower in the rain. Traveling too fast when roads are wet can cause you to lose control of your motorcycle and crash. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination in order to stay safe.
- Place extra distance between your bike and other vehicles. If you do not leave enough distance when following another car, you may not have time to react or stop to avoid a wreck.
- Wear rain gear. By riding in rain gear, you will be safer and your time driving in the wet weather will be more enjoyable. This includes wearing a helmet, rain suit, and waterproof boots and gloves.
- Prepare your bike for rain. Bald tires can lead to a wet weather motorcycle accident. Check your tires to make sure there is enough tread. Consider purchasing rain tires for more traction.
By doing your part, you can reduce your chances of being involved and injured in a Sarasota motorcycle accident. However, if a negligent driver fails to see you in the rain and you suffer injuries, you need to seek medical care and speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
For help making sure your financial recovery will compensate you for your medical bills, injuries, and losses, call the Mallard Law Firm to speak with an experienced Sarasota motorcycle accident attorney in a free consultation today at 888-409-3805. Also, fill out our website form to receive a free copy of our book What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck or Bike Accident.