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Is It Okay To Drive A Motorcycle In The Rain?

When it is warm and dry, driving a motorcycle can be loads of fun. The same may not hold true when rain moves into the area. For some, driving a motorcycle in the rain is a no-go. For others, such as those who rely on their bikes as their primary mode of transportation, the wet stuff never slows them down.

If you plan on driving in the rain, here is one thing to consider: You need to take extra precautions. Weather conditions should absolutely dictate how fast you drive and other key decisions you are faced with.

Above all else, it is time to slow down. You cannot drive as fast in the rain as you do when it is sunny and clear. Doing so will greatly increase the chance of an accident.

Another thing to consider: You aren't the only person driving in the rain. Others on the road, regardless of what type of vehicle they are in, are dealing with the same situation. For this reason, visibility may be low and mistakes could be made.

Finally, don't forget to use the right equipment. There is no way of avoiding the rain as a motorcyclist, but there is equipment that can shed the water to keep you more comfortable.

There is nothing wrong with driving a motorcycle in the rain. If you plan on doing this, make sure you are extremely careful with every decision you make. Furthermore, pay close attention to those around you. It is often another driver that will make a mistake and cause an accident.

Source: RideApart, "How to Ride In The Rain," accessed Nov. 04, 2015

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