Tips For Riding Safely During A Storm
Whether you’re an experienced rider or just getting the hang of riding a motorcycle, it’s common knowledge that driving in the rain poses a higher danger risk. Gusts of wind can make your bike unstable. Torrential rain can inhibit your vision, and driving on wet roads can create skidding hazards. However, if you find yourself caught in the middle of a rainstorm, there are certain steps that you can take to being caught in a dangerous situation.
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident due to dangerous conditions during a rainstorm, contact our motorcycle accident lawyers to schedule a consultation!
Keep The Right Gear Handy
Florida weather can turn from beautiful and sunny to dangerous and rainy in the blink of an eye. That’s why it’s crucial to prepare for the worst before you find yourself in the thick of it. Having the following gear can be a rainy-day gamechanger.
- A helmet with an anti-fog coating to help maintain visibility
- Water-resistant boots and gloves
- A waterproof jacket or suit to keep you dry
While you don’t need to wear all of this gear for every ride, keeping it stored on your person or bike can help ensure you’re prepared in the event the weather turns for the worse.
Headlights On, Hazards Off
Whether your lights are automatic or manual, make sure they’re on during a rainstorm. Doing so will help keep you visible to other drivers on the road. However, some drivers try to overcompensate by also turning on their hazards. Not only is this dangerous, but it’s also against Florida law. Hazard lights should only be used if you are pulled off to the side of the road. Otherwise, they can confuse other drivers and mask your turn and brake lights, putting you and other drivers in danger. If you’re in an accident involving someone who incorrectly used their hazards, our driver error accident attorneys can help.
Watch Your Speed
Even if you’re going the speed limit, this may be too fast to be considered safe on wet, slick roads. Slowing down allows you more reaction time and can decrease the severity of a fall or collision. Reducing your speed also gives you more room for turns and can lower the risk of liability if an accident does happen. If someone on the road fails to slow their speed in inclement weather conditions, causing an accident as a result, our motorcycle attorneys can ensure your case is handled properly.
Motorcyclists know how important it is to be aware of other motorists on the road, no matter the weather conditions. However, this becomes even more important when driving in the rain. Because downpours make it harder for other drivers to see not just you but the lines on the road, oncoming traffic, and traffic signals, stay alert to what drivers are doing, not just around you but all over the road.
Know When & Where To Stop
There may come a point where it’s just no longer safe to continue going. Whether you’re nervous about driving in the rain or you’re tense from prolonged exposure, knowing your limits is essential. Arriving at your destination on time isn’t worth the risk of driving in the rain. When you decide to stop, avoid pulling over on the side of the road. Your motorcycle will offer very little protection from the rain and other drivers. Instead, find a place where you can park and safely wait out the storm from a more comfortable location.
Of course, you should make every attempt to avoid driving your motorcycle in the rain. After all, rain makes driving conditions far more dangerous to motorcycles than other vehicles. If you were involved in an accident caused by rainy conditions, our team at 911 Biker Law specializes in motorcycle and car accidents. Our team can review your case and determine if you are eligible for any compensation.