Safety Tips for Riders in the Rainy Season (and Generally)
It is very hard to drive on Indian roads during the monsoon. Drainage, ditches and speed breakers are particularly dangerous during heavy rains. Remember, there is no outer shell or a metal cage that protects a two-wheeler rider from an injury in the event of an accident, hence better coordination and balance of the vehicle is critical. Here are some safety tips that two-wheeler riders should keep topmost in their minds: Before starting the vehicle, pre-check your vehicle for clutch, break, indicators, headlight and fuel. Always wear a fully covered helmet. Follow the traffic rules religiously. Pedestrians are extremely hard to spot in rains, so drive with care. Don’t splash water on pedestrians. Be extra cautious about stray animals on the road. Do not turn abruptly. Use indicators for turns and use headlights (dipper) for overtaking. Spot vehicle behind you in the mirror before taking any turn. Overtaking on left is never right. Avoid using cell phone and listening to music though earphone while driving. Park and talk. Do not mix drinking and driving. Drive slowly during the rains as well as on wet roads. Go slow over flooded roads. When you are on watery surface, hold the handlebar straight, look in the front and maintain the centre of gravity and balance. Apply brake before or after the watery surface, not when on watery surface. When possible, stay off the roads during heavy rains; park in concrete shade and wait till the rain stops. Avoid going through kuchha road. Plan the journey in such a way that you reach your destination within daylight hours in rainy season.