By Talya Adams
This week has been a bit of an anomaly in Los Angeles. It’s no secret Southern California has suffered a severe drought over the past couple years, but that’s all changed early in 2019. It is currently the third day of almost nonstop rain, and there’s still another one forecasted for tomorrow. Despite the steady rain fall, I’ve still seen motorcyclists on the road.
Now, I’m not going to stand on a soap box and preach about how unsafe it is to ride your bike in the rain, mostly because I can’t. I have ridden in the rain before, and written blogs about how to ride in the rain, so I’m no stranger to doing so. Sometimes, it’s hard to avoid showers and you have to make do.
However, when the weather report clearly states it will be raining for four days straight, for prolonged hours at a time, you have to be mindful of the situation. You might be thinking this makes no sense, I just stated that I’ve ridden my bike in the rain.
It’s simple. On good days when there’s no rain, I have to avoid potholes and random deep cracks, and crater-like holes in the roads. Add rain into the equation and now I’m avoiding deep puddles, driving through rivers of water on the street, and hitting these holes in the road because they’re hidden underneath water.
In my opinion, there are too many obstacles on the road for motorcyclists when it rains for multiple days. I’m a confident rider on most days, but when it comes down this hard and this consistently, I don’t feel safe. Confidence is key on a motorcycle, and the best rider has difficulties driving in the rain with other drivers on the road who might be unfamiliar with navigating in the rain themselves.
The number of vehicular accidents usually rises when it rains, and they tend to be caused by poor decisions. Predicting what a car will do on dry land is tricky enough, but take away a driver’s visibility and add the normal impatience of most LA drivers, you’re in for a tough ride on your bike.
Bottomline, if it’s raining hard and you must ride, take extra precautions, and if you can avoid riding, that may be a wise choice. You don’t have anything to prove to anyone, and it’s smart to protect yourself in bad conditions.
Stay safe in these streets!