With fall in full swing in Connecticut and winter right around the corner, motorcyclists need to exercise increased caution when out on the roads and do their due diligence before getting in the saddle. Failure to do so could result in a serious accident. If you ride a motorcycle in CT, it is vital that you do both, as if you do happen to get into an accident, your negligence may make you liable for your injuries.
According to the Allstate Blog, you should try to avoid riding in wet weather as much as possible, as wet roads offer reduced traction. If it begins to rain during your ride, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation suggests pulling over until the rain subsides. Bear in mind that the roads will still pose a hazard even after the rain lets up, as the oil residue floats to the surface during the first rain following a dry period.
If you must ride immediately following a rainstorm, keep adequate distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you and ride at a reduced speed. Avoid visible puddles as well as shiny, smooth surfaces. If possible, try to ride within tire tracks already created by another motorcyclist. Avoid hard braking, and try to stay as relaxed as possible.
Windy conditions are just as dangerous as wet conditions, if not more so. Ideally, you should avoid riding on a windy day entirely. However, because one can never accurately predict what Mother Nature has in store, it is crucial that you know what to do should the wind kick up during your ride.
When you notice the wind starting to pick up, try to gauge from which direction it is blowing. This will help you better position yourself against the gusts. Give yourself plenty of space in your lane, as a great gust of wind could force you over.
Ideally, you should lean into the wind to avoid tipping. However, be wary of areas that are sheltered from the wind, such as next to large trucks, behind buildings or along tree lines, as when you enter them, you may tip too far. Likewise, when you exit them, you risk being blown down.
Tips aside, riding in heavy winds can be a challenge for even the most experienced rider. If you are uncomfortable riding in such conditions, or if your body grows tired from trying to fight the gusts, find somewhere safe to pull over and wait it out.
You should not use this article as legal advice. It is for educational purposes only.