What Do Motorcyclists Need To Watch Out For In The Rain?
The roads of Kentucky can provide any motorcycle enthusiast with limitless possibilities for fun and adventure. And of course, the summer is perfect for spending countless hours in the saddle, either riding down familiar thoroughfares or discovering new terrain.
But even if you are an experienced motorcyclist, riding in the rain can be daunting. And if you are a new rider, you may feel overwhelmed as the drops come down. But regardless of your level of skill, there are hazards that all riders need to watch out for.
Traction is a major concern. Rainwater can make road surfaces extremely slick. This is especially true if there hasn't been much rain of late. If that is the case, then the road may have accumulated a dangerous amount of dirt and oil, which will make conditions that much more treacherous.
You also need to be aware of specific surfaces that get extra slippery when wet. Take special care when riding across metal objects, such as railroad tracks, grates, manhole covers and expansion joints. Also, surfaces with painted pavement markings, such as crosswalks and lines, may also lack traction. It is always best to be vertical, rather than leaning into a turn, when riding on wet painted or metal surfaces.
But no matter how skillfully you ride in the rain, it is very difficult to compensate for the bad driving habits of inattentive or reckless motorists. Common sense would dictate that we should all slow down and pay even more attention to the road when it is raining and the roads are slick. Unfortunately, some drivers don't seem to grasp this simple concept and present a special danger to motorcyclists.
If you or someone you love was injured on a Kentucky road by a negligent motorist, you may want to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorney can help you pursue damages compensatory to your medical and future needs.