The rainy season is here, as announced by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) last June. For riders, this means slippery roads and reduced visibility, making riding more difficult and dangerous.
Because of its mission to develop safer roads in the country, the Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA) shared some important preparation tips before every trip during the rainy season.
Invest in high quality and appropriate equipment. Aside from the usual equipment required for riding a motorcycle, such as a helmet, it pays to invest in a high-quality riding jacket, pants, shoes, and gloves to stay dry. Riders can also wear reflectorized rain gear (raincoats and rain pants) to be more visible on the road when the rain is heavy. Riders can also upgrade the helmet they use by investing in a helmet visor with an anti-fog coating to prevent fogging and to maintain clearer vision.
Finally, riders can also wear non-slip riding shoes that offer waterproof protection, breathability for the skin, and better traction on the motorcycle’s foot pegs, especially during wet weather conditions. .
Remember the pre-ride inspection checklist. The pre-ride inspection checklist, or TCLOCS, is an acronym for what specific parts are checked before riding.
The inspection of the tires and wheels will begin to ensure adequate air pressure while checking for other damage to the spokes. Next, check if the Controls of the brakes or clutch levers, switches, cables, etc., are working properly. Followed by Lights and electricity to check the brightness of lights and battery usage. In addition, verify the oil and fluid levels. Then the inspection of the Chassis or related parts such as bolts, nuts and drive chain followed by Side stand and center stand examination. Taking these preventive measures will give peace of mind to riders, especially when dealing with unpredictable weather conditions.
Plan your route and avoid dangerous areas. While it is best to avoid riding in the rain, riders should plan their route carefully if it is unavoidable. Consider areas prone to flooding, standing water, or poor drainage in planning. If possible, they can research alternative routes with good road conditions. It is also best to increase their visibility on the road by wearing more reflective gear or adding reflective strips to their bike to make yourself more visible.
Stay alert and focus. Riding during heavy rains requires extra care. Riders must look at the road ahead and anticipate potential hazards. They must watch out for pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists who are affected by the rain.
They should also remember the three basics of safe riding: recognize, judge, and respond appropriately. Most motorcycle accidents can be avoided if only the rider has proper awareness and does not make an error in judgment.
Riding a motorcycle can be scary and intimidating, especially in unusual weather conditions. However, following the right guidelines and precautions can improve everyone’s safety and reduce the risks associated with monsoons.
As part of MDPPA’s continuous efforts to bring safer roads for Filipinos, following these tips will enable Filipino riders to always enjoy a safe ride.
To learn more about MDPPA, visit its website at http://mdppa.com.ph/ or check out its Facebook page.