Riding in the rain is not as romantic as you see in the movies, not if you disregard all precautions.
Let me start by telling you a little bit about tyres used in professional races like F1 and MotoGP.
There are two kinds of tyres that professional racers use on racing track based on whether they are racing on a dry tarmac or a wet one. Slick tyres are used in dry conditions and wet tyres are used in wet conditions. One of the main difference between the two types of tyres is patterned grooves or thread in a tyre (other difference is the material used).
Slick tyres give great grip on the dry tarmac as they produce a lot of friction. The same tyres end up with dangerously low friction on wet conditions (called aquaplaning). The groves on the wet tyres help channel the water out from under the tyre to keep contact between tyre and tarmac.
Since in our everyday life we can’t keep changing the tyres based on whether it rains that day, we all use tyres with grooves for our motorbikes and cars. The groves on your tyres are therefore very crucial in wet conditions to save you from skidding due to water on the roads. If the grooves have worn out on your tyres, you are at a higher risk riding on a rainy day. It is time to change your tyres.
Here are a few more things you may want to keep in mind when you have to ride in the rains or on wet roads:
- As a general rule, ride slower in wet conditions than your normal speed to compensate for the reduced friction. This is especially applicable when braking, cornering or when you are accelerating.
- Keep in mind the stopping distance is longer when you brake, so plan the braking accordingly. Not anticipating the increased stopping distance is the main factor for the increase in the number of accidents on wet roads. Do not brake when the motorbike is angled as the probability of your fall is very high.
Also,be very observant about the road ahead and what is on the road. Gravels, oil, wet leaves, plastic paper, manholes, and painted lines are extra slippery on a wet road and it is easy to skid over those. Avoid them, if not, drive over cautiously.
Trivia: “Skid Training” i.e. learning how to drive on wet roads, is part of driver training in Norway.
- Avoid puddles on road (part of potholes) as you can’t gauge the depth of them. As more often you may underestimate the damage of riding over them.
It may, therefore, be dangerous to do things on wet roads which may seem totally safe on a sunny day. Also, a lot of people tend to drive at the same speed regardless whether the road is wet or dry. Their mistakes can not only be dangerous to themselves, but also to others riding/driving nearby. So, be cautious about other drivers on the road too, just in case.
Some things you can be prepared for when you anticipate unavoidable rides in rains:
- Check weather conditions in advance.
- Carry a raincoat.
- Carry a rain cover for your bag/backpack.
- Carry a drying cloth for your vehicle.
- Carry a waterproof pouch (or a plastic bag) to keep your gadgets safe.
Finally, drive with caution all the time. Drive with preparedness and extra caution when you are riding in the rain.
When you are ready. You can stay calm and enjoy riding in the rain too.
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