Honda shares safety tips when riding in the rain
By : Gilbert Chao Mindanao Today/07:03:13am 08/23/2021
AS the country continues to implement quarantine protocols to prevent the pandemic from worsening, riders face new challenges, particularly amid the rainy wet season – not only do people need to worry about contracting Covid-19, they also need to consider the sudden downpours.
Despite the heightening restrictions, motorcycles remain the better, practical, more reliable, and more convenient mode of transportation amid the current global health crisis.
As riders – from delivery couriers to essential workers – use motorcycles to tackle their daily work tasks, ensuring safety both from the virus and rain is an important aspect they must never take for granted.
As an advocate of road safety, Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI), lists some safety measures that riders must be mindful of when driving in the rain or along a wet road.
It pays to check the motorcycle’s fluids as it may not mean big trouble under dry conditions, but when oil leaks are mixed with water, it becomes a recipe for slippery and dangerous situations. For beginners, still unfamiliar with motorcycle parts yet, you can have it checked with a mechanic, but plenty of easy-to-use and easy-to-check motorcycles are made for a starter’s skill level.
Gear up your rainy day essentials
Riders understand that proper riding gear such as helmets, pads, raincoats, rain boots, or riding jackets are the most effective safety measures.
And it only makes sense to protect yourself from the elements with waterproof or water-resistant gear.
But if you are worried that these gears might take up too much of your luggage space, no need to worry as some motorcycles can carry them after using them.
Ride smoother with better brakes
Preparation is much different when riding out under the sun compared to when you’re under the rain. Slippery roads make turning and braking trickier for motorcycles. Ensure tires are properly inflated with the pressure suitable for wet roads and have proper brake padding to stop when needed.
“With motorcycle once again serving as a major mode of transportation to deliver essential goods to our doorsteps and for workers as they go to their workplaces, riders must ensure even more their safety on the road. At Honda, we will do our best to keep providing value-added, high-quality motorcycles for Filipinos to face the pandemic and show support to our hero riders,” said Hervic Villa, Motorcycle Planning Department Manager.