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How should I handle riding on wet roadways in B.C.?


Our Vancouver motorcycle injury attorneys are not professional riders or safety instructors. However, we’ve seen the aftermath of many serious and scary bike crashes. So we want to pass along some important tips for biking in wet weather:

1. Get the right gear for wet weather riding.

A rain slicker, waterproof boots and gloves, and spare dry clothes can all come in handy. Yes, part of the joy of riding involves the primal experience of "getting in touch with the elements." But sopping wet riders are at higher risk, not only because they can't see and concentrate as well, but also because they find it harder to make fast, evasive maneuvers.

2. Practice (safely) riding in the rain.

You can read every book on motorcycle rain safety out there, and that cerebral knowledge is good. But you need to train your body to learn how to drive, brake, steer, etc. in the rain. Practice in an empty parking lot or on a side street before you get out on the road.

3. Watch out for slick roads during the first 30 to 60 minutes after a downpour.

Every driver intuitively knows that massive rainfall and gusting winds can be dangerous. But the road often gets slickest right at the very beginning. Oil, debris, and grime accumulate on roads during dry times. Fresh rain loosens that grime and grit and temporarily makes the road slick.

4. As the weather gets crazier, slow down and be deliberate.

Think about stopping and waiting for the downpour to pass. Or at least scale back and simplify your driving, commensurate with the intensity of the rain. Rather than downshift while turning, for instance, take one action at a time: first downshift, then turn.

Need help figuring out what to do after your Vancouver motorcycle injury? Whether you skidded out on a wet street or suffered whiplash and a brain injury after a driver smacked into you at an intersection, our team can provide simple, effective answers to your questions. Get in touch today to schedule your free consultation at 604-255-9018. While you're here, you might also enjoy reading our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make Or Break Your ICBC Claim.

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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