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4 tips if you get caught in the rain on your motorcycle

No one wants to ride a motorcycle through a rainstorm, but life happens. It's possible that you will get caught in the rain when you least expect it. When this happens, you need to know how to ride safely. Here are some tips that can help:

Drive as smoothly as you can. Remember that your bike will not grip the road as well as it usually does. Take it easy when you have to hit the brakes or push the throttle.

Use proper gear. For instance, you may want to consider an anti-fog visor on your helmet. Some helmets come with electric defrost systems or breath guards. When you get caught in weather you did not expect, these can make it easier for you to see. You may also want to wear a waterproof jacket.

Avoid standing water. Do not swerve too aggressively on wet pavement, or you can lose control. However, try to keep your eyes up and look for a dry line that avoids puddles. Even a small amount of water that would pose no problem for a car can be enough to cause a wreck on a motorcycle.

Look out for debris in the road. Heavy rain can carry trash, tree branches and many other obstacles into your path. After a storm comes through, be extra careful and look for any obstructions while driving at a safe speed.

The rain can make it harder for other drivers to see your bike. If this leads to an accident, make sure you fully understand all of the legal options you have to seek financial compensation.

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