Motorcycle Driver’s Handbook

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Riding in the rain presents several problems. The road is slippery, you cannot see or be seen as well, and your brakes may be less effective. If you’re caught in the rain and don’t have a rainsuit, you should get off the road if you have a long way to go to your destination.

When riding in the rain, you must slow down and ride very smoothly. Try to avoid shiny spots on the road. They are polished and slippery. A puddle could hide a large pothole and traction is worse in deeper water. Test your brakes periodically. A very light application of the brakes will dry them out if necessary.

You may also have difficulty seeing out of your helmet’s visor and you may have to raise it slightly, just enough to allow some air to circulate behind it. If your motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen, you need to be able to see over it when seated during normal riding. You will not be able to see through the windscreen in heavy rain or fog. Some gloves designed for motorcyclists have a chamois surface on the back which you can use to wipe water off the face shield.

Do not ride during thunderstorms to avoid the risk of being struck by lightning.


Rev: 2015