Monsoon Travel Tips to Stay Safe

Tips for traveling in monsoon to stay safe. Here are some essential monsoon biking tips to keep you safe while enjoying the weather.

The monsoon has begun to shower us with blessings in many ways and has also paved the way with some nasty surprises in store. Roads become especially treacherous for two-wheelers, as cars at least have a roof to keep occupants dry. Here are some tips for horse riding during the monsoon to keep you safe.

Decelerate

The first and most important rule is to slow down. Slowing down gives bicyclists more time to react to situations and stop if necessary, safely. Also, keep in mind that the contact patch between a motorcycle tire and the road is extremely small, which means rain can greatly reduce traction, so slow down.

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Being prepared is an important step. Bring rain gear, and if you think it’s going to rain, put on your rain gear. Always try to put on your raincoats before it rains because once it starts, water can get into your gear and soak your jacket and pants. Also remember that rain gear made for motorcycling is different compared to regular or hiking raincoats.

be visible

Visibility is key during the rainy season, whether it is for the cyclist to see or be seen. Wear bright riding gear, preferably high visibility. This helps other motorists see passengers in gloomy weather, as everyone struggles with reduced visibility. Also, stay in the center of the left lane, this helps other road users see you better.

Start early, finish early

Traveling long distances in the monsoon can be tricky, so plan your destination before you head out. Depart at dawn and finish the day’s journey by dusk. The goal is to cover the maximum distance safely, so don’t keep driving after dark. This significantly increases the risk of traffic accidents, so plan your route and reach your destination for the day before dark.

Easy on the twisties

Winding roads are great fun on dry roads to push the limits of the motorcycle and rider, however during the monsoon take it easy. Don’t lean too far into corners as traction will be low and mid-corner braking and corrections will be more difficult, if not impossible. Just relax.

Seal your electronic devices

Bring ziplock bags and plastic bags. These are useful for storing all electronics such as mobile phones, GPS (if not waterproof), cameras, laptops, chargers, etc. Water can seep in from every corner and the last thing you need is to be stranded without a mobile phone. Just seal them and keep them safe.

Helmet: full face is the way to go

The choice to wear a full face helmet over any other design available on the market today cannot be stressed enough. Choose something that fully covers your head, is comfortable, and has a visor. This prevents rain from piercing your eyes and instead helps you pay more attention to the road. Choose a good helmet, because safety never has a price.

Lights, indicators, action!

Check all your lights before you go: headlights (high and low beams), indicators, hazard lights (if equipped), taillights, and brake lights. Don’t get going before repairing any of them if it’s broken, because as mentioned above, visibility is key and lights help.

Keep tires under control

Tires play an important role when it comes to dealing with wet weather. First, make sure the tread is in good condition and has the proper pressure. Second, if you use more off-road oriented tires, the traction will be less compared to road tires, so you can drive slower or switch to road tires before you hit the road.

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