A number of the Three Rivers road traffic accidents that take place are related to rain. Although rain is a mere nuisance for pedestrians it poses a significant danger for road users, especially road users who travel on 2 wheels.
Living with the rain
Some motorcyclists enjoy riding in the rain. They relish the challenge of mastering the extra risk. For others it’s something to be fearful about and wary of. But here in the UK, if you ride a motorbike or scooter you’ve either got to get used to riding in the rain, or a good portion of the time you’ll be one unhappy bunny; so here are a few tips for riding in the wet.
Relax a little
The first thing to do is to relax. Don’t let yourself tense up too much or you’ll be too stiff. You need to let your body be supple. That way, if your bike does slide a little if you stay loose and go with the flow, instead of going rigid. The majority of the time, your bike will probably correct itself. Don’t grip the handlebars too tightly and try to keep your elbows, neck and shoulders nice and loose.
Braking in the wet is similar to braking in the dry; squeeze gently but firmly rather than suddenly slamming the brakes “full on”. When you jerk the brakes suddenly, you’ll disturb the bike’s traction with the road. Progressively (but quickly) increasing brake pressure keeps that all important traction going and aids braking.
Corner with confidence
A lot of bike riders make the simple error of riding too “gingerly” in the wet. By pussy footing around on a closed throttle and trying to remain too upright you’ll find that you lessen your tyres grip with the road surface. Riding with confidence, braking positively, and taking corners at the right angle, will actually improve grip.
Controlling the throttle is one of the top skills to master. Smoothness is the key. A sudden, jerky, spurt of acceleration will disturb that all important traction factor. As with braking, a gentle but firm progression is the right way to go about accelerating.
Things to avoid
When it’s wet you should try and steer clear of cats eyes, manhole covers and white lines, and be on the lookout for spillages. The wet weather actually makes it easier to spot things like oil or diesel spills because of the tell-tale rainbow smear.
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