Nobody particularly enjoys riding in the rain, but most of us end up spending some time on wet roads. Here’s some advice from Mark Lewis, Director of standards at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) on how to make your riding experience in wet weather a safe and enjoyable experience.
– Begin with pre-ride checks of tyre, lights and lubricant. Too little tread, sidewall damage and low pressure could each contribute to a sudden loss of grip or tyre failure.
– Don’t forget to switch your lights on if you feel you might not be seen, especially in poor conditions or at dusk.
– Make all your inputs, whether steering, braking or acceleration, as smooth as you can.
– Keep your visor clean and if you don’t have a pinlock system, ensure it is treated with a fog-resistant product.
– Visibility will be seriously reduced on busy roads due to spray. Anticipate that you may not have been seen by other road users and plan accordingly. Reduced visibility may increase blind spot areas for other motorists – consider your positioning to be seen.
– It might sound obvious, but make sure you stay as dry as possible. Old leaky clothing will sap your heat, strength and concentration.
– Be extra careful at roundabouts, near petrol station forecourts and on newly laid tarmac for oil on the road. Oil will sit above the water and is not always visible.
– Finally, take extreme care when riding over standing water. You have no Idea how deep it may be or what maybe below the surface. Grip the bars ﬁrmly and try to keep the machine as upright as possible. Remember to try your brakes after exiting deep water and periodically in wet conditions.