1. Wear proper equipment
When you are all wet and shivering, it is definitely hard to have fun. Worse, in wet conditions, high-speed airflow will make your body temperature become lower.
This is no joke. Long-term low temperature will reduce your concentration and slow down your reaction. Any emergency situation at this time is very bad.
You need a raincoat suitable for bad weather. It doesn’t need to be expensive, nor does it need to have too many fancy features, it just needs to be strong, waterproof, and bright in color. For waterproof gloves, sometimes those expensive cycling gloves are not as good as the waterproof gloves for dishwashing, although they look ugly. Buy the largest pair of dishwashing gloves and put them on the outside of your cycling gloves. This is a cost-effective method.
For long-distance riding, waterproof boots are also very important. For the same reason, buying a pure banana shoe cover is also a very economical choice.
If you need to ride in some countries where it often rains, then you may need to invest in some expensive rain gear, which generally has safety features such as exhaust and reflective strips. Moreover, in countries where it rains frequently, the general rain will not be too great, but it will last for a long time or be intermittent.
Don’t wear black rain-proof clothing, because the vision in rainy days is not good, which will greatly reduce your visibility.
2. Maintain a smooth control style
Compared with dry roads, road traction in rain is limited. Motorcycle tires have made great progress in the past few decades in the grip of this kind of road surface, but unless you want to end your life, it is better not to do those aggressive actions.
The driving style on rainy days can be summed up with two words “smooth”, no sharp turns, no sudden braking, no sudden acceleration, or even sudden shifts.
Although ABS has changed the safety of braking in rainy days, the braking distance in rainy days will still increase. Moreover, when riding on a rainy day, the braking force is slightly larger, the center of gravity of the car will quickly tilt forward, and then ABS will intervene. At this time, the braking force that the rear wheels can exert will decrease. This is actually not the best way to brake.
Ride smoothness is also the key to turning on rainy days. Choose a larger arc instead of a sharp turning point.
3. Pay attention to the road
When you drive on the road, the road surface will change a lot. In the rain, you should try to avoid oil streaks or roads with foreign objects. If you must pass them, try to stay upright. The same is true for metals.
When riding on rainy days, you should even avoid manhole covers or some metal plates. When passing these objects, if you try to steer or brake, they can be as smooth as ice. If you must pass through them, avoid any steering, acceleration or braking, and keep riding upright.
At intersections, you should also try to avoid the center of the driving lane, but stick to the car tire tracks. Wherever the car stops, oil droplets may accumulate in the center of the lane, and tire tracks tend to be cleaner.
Be especially careful when walking through puddles. Unless you can immediately follow the car track in front of you, you will never know what lurks under the puddle. It may be a huge pit.
Once it stopped raining, start looking for trunk lines on the road. These usually appear on the tire track first. At the corner, observe the tire tracks on the outside of the turn.
4. Improve your vision
When it rains, your vision is affected by many factors. So, you can do anything to keep your vision clear. First, don’t wear colored sun visors. It is already very dark in the rain, why should we further reduce the amount of light reaching your eyes?
The water droplets that accumulate on the outside of the mask are one of the biggest obstacles to vision. And in light rain, the impact of water droplets is more serious than in heavy rain. Because smaller water droplets can accumulate more densely on the mask.
When riding at low speeds in the city, the best treatment is to wipe the mask with gloves. Some waterproof gloves have wipers on the finger positions. When driving on a highway, shaking the helmet quickly from side to side will also cause the airflow to blow water droplets away from the mask.
A more advanced method is to apply a hydrophobic agent on the outside of the mask, or use anti-fog insert lenses. However, these lenses are generally not very cheap.