Staying Safe While Motorcycling on Wet Roads
Colorado is a fabulous state for motorcyclists. The scenic views and legendary routes that cross the state are some of the most beautiful in the country. But, those roads can become some of the most dangerous when they get wet. Staying safe while riding down wet highways and roadways starts with adopting safe riding practices that include the following.
Check the Tires
Never ride when you have worn or damaged tires. Always inspect your tires before leaving home. Make sure your tires have sufficient tread to grip the road surface, and it’s a good idea to carry a can of “Fix a Flat” with you just in case.
Get off the Road While It Rains
Find a rest stop, restaurant, etc. to pull into if it starts to rain while you’re riding. If it starts to rain right before you start your ride, give it some time. Let the rain wash away the dirt, grime, oil, and debris that bubbles up in a storm. These can create a slick, invisible layer that can be as dangerous as ice.
Know Your Route
I-70, US 34, and many other scenic routes in Colorado are notorious for being slick when it rains. Make sure you know road conditions before you head out and adjust your riding style to match the conditions you encounter so that you don’t cause a Colorado motorcycle accident.
Accelerate and Decelerate Cautiously
If the roads are even slightly covered in moisture, pay attention to how fast you accelerate, and how quickly you attempt to decelerate. Just like an automobile, you will want to adjust your braking and acceleration to match road conditions.
Gear Up Before You Go Out
Always be prepared for rainy weather. Ensure that you have reflective clothing that will enhance your visibility to other motorists on the road.
Pay Attention for Wildlife
Rain can limit visibility and heavy rains can cause animals to run for cover. Make sure that you slow down when traveling mountain routes. This is the best way to avoid a collision with wildlife.
For more about motorcycle safety, contact the Colorado motorcycle accident attorneys at Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover, P.C. at (303) 447-1144. We are happy to tell you more about the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Boulder and along the Front Range and the steps you can take to prevent them.
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