Lady on scooter skidded and was hurt

Source: Singapore Share-Share/Effendi Mohammed

Wishing this lady a speedy and full recovery from this fall.

What to wear riding a Motorcycle

Maybe you’re not a new rider, but you have had a recent, let’s say, “accidental bad experience” and are thinking if wearable gear may have improved that outcome. Good motorcycle gear helps protect you from sun, rain, wind, noise, and debris, as well as pavement. It’s designed for more than just crash protection: it’s your second skin and protects you from sunburn, deafness from the wind, and anything that is flying through the air.

Here are some suggestions.

1) Wear: pants and a jacket
2) Don’t wear: a dress or skirt
3) Wear: the right helmet
4) Don’t wear: head-to-toe dark clothing
5) Wear: shoes covering toes and flat heel
6) Wear: gloves(optional but good)

As the rainy season is here, riding in the rain needs special care and attention.

Here are five tips on how to ride a motorcycle in the rain:

1) Ensure Your Tires Can Handle The Wet Road
There are plenty of tires available that give you more control and stability. In rainy weather, these tire benefactors will help you remain in control of the bike and in the direction you’re going. Do not save money on good tires.

2) Avoid Riding Immediately After It Rains
If you have to ride your motorcycle in the rain, steer clear of riding at the beginning of a storm. This is heavily advised because the roads are full of brake fluid, oil, dirt and other grime before it rains. As soon as the raindrops hit the road, it makes a slick concoction on the road that could drop you and your bike the second you hit a patch.

3) Be Cautious Of In-Road Hazards
When riding in the rain, the road will have a much different feel than when you’re riding in dry conditions. Things such as manhole covers, concrete surfaces, pot holes and road markings and painted lines
all become extra slick for motorcyclists when it’s raining.

4) Brake And Accelerate Slowly
If you’re riding in traffic, ensure you’re going at a slow enough speed that allows you brake effectively in traffic. You want enough room stop without skidding.

5) Invest In Rain Motorcycle Apparel
There’s various motorcycle gear specifically made for wet conditions to keep you warm and safe. You need to wear gear that is reflective or bight so other motorists can see you. Also, it’s critical to stay warm and not shiver in the rain. Ensure you have appropriate and waterproof gloves, pants, boots and jackets to keep safe.

 

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