Let’s agree that traffic in Dublin isn’t a pleasure to drive through at any moment but it becomes a bigger disaster once the rain hits the streets. A trip that would have normally taken 20 minutes in the winter months can suddenly stretch to 40 minutes during the rains as drivers drive real slow on wet roads to remain safe and to avoid crashing and slipping.
Therefore, any trick that can help you beat that traffic gains a lot more importance during the winter months and there is nothing better than slipping past the gridlock of vehicles on the roads than a two wheeler.
If you’re searching for tips on how to ride an electric scooter in the rains, you are in luck. Here are our top 5 tips:
When you are riding in the rain, you need to wear proper clothing. Needless to say, the clothes need to be weatherproof and properly insulated to help you remain dry and warm. Some of the options you have include waterproof pants, waterproof jacket, heavy duty boots, gloves and neckwarmer among others.
Wear a Helmet
Whenever you’re driving a two wheeler, you need to wear a helmet regardless of the weather. When you’re driving in the rain, the helmet should have a visor to prevent water from getting into your eyes and obstructing your visibility. This is the reason, every single one of our electric scooters comes equipped with a high quality helmet with a full visor to ensure your safety during the ride.
Be Careful When Choosing a Path
When it rains after a long dry period, a lot of oil, dirt and other fluids that have been lying on the road rise up to the surface making the roads slippery. It is recommended to ride on the side of the road as most of this slippery stuff gets accumulated in the middle. Another option is to follow the tracks that have been left by other vehicles on the road as those tracks are the cleanest. Also, ensure you scooter is serviced and cared for.
Make sure you are always aware of the traffic signs, road markings and pedestrians on the road. Also, try to stay away from manhole covers as much as possible as manhole covers become extra slippery during the rains.
Wet roads become slippery during rains due to less traction. Therefore, it is important for you to have enough space between your scooter and the vehicle in front (follow the 2 second rule). It’s important to go slower when the road is wet. Driving on a wet road is almost the same as driving on a dry road but it takes a little longer to bring a vehicle to a complete stop and the reaction time of the driver also takes a hit due to decreased visibility.