Safety Tips for Riding Bike in Foggy Conditions
Published On Nov 30, 2020, Updated On Mar 30, 2021
Even though riding in foggy conditions is best avoided, some journeys are necessary. Read about some tips that will keep you and your bike safe out on the roads.
There are many positives to the winter months, and one of them is winter trips and journeys perhaps taken on your bike or two wheeler. However, along with the positive aspects of the winter season comes the problem of foggy conditions and low visibility. This can be extremely dangerous when riding a bike, especially on crowded Indian roads. At best, it is an annoyance and hinders your ability to navigate the roads safely and comfortably in the winter months. It can make it a big challenge to ride your bike in the winter months.
Tips To Be Safe When Riding Your Bike in Foggy Conditions
To mitigate the danger of low visibility in foggy weather, follow these tips and keep in mind these ways to keep yourself as safe as possible.
1. Keep Distance
The first and very effective consideration is keeping a distance from other vehicles on the road. This prevents any collision from occurring. You are at greater risk of collision in foggy weather as a rider or driver ahead of you may be forced to suddenly brake because of the low visibility conditions which can lead to a collision. Therefore it is best to keep your distance.
2. Keep Visibility
The problem of low visibility and the dangers of riding in the fog can be combatted by the use of safety gears with reflective surfaces which are designed to make you more easily visible to other drivers and riders on the road. This further reduces the likelihood of a collision and keeps you safe on the road in the fog.
3. Low Speed
It is best to ride at a controlled speed to give yourself maximum control of your bike. This will help you to be able to break at a sudden notice if need be, preventing collisions and possible injuries caused by them. Bikes with ABS features are recommended for this purpose.
4. Visor Cleanliness
Make sure your visor is properly cleaned to ensure proper visibility. To give yourself the highest visibility it is also advisable you treat it with anti-fog agents. Further, if you wear prescription spectacles make sure that they are not tinted, reflective, or photochromatic as this can hinder your visibility of the road.
5. Brake Lights
It is important to tap your brake lights regularly so motorists behind you can easily see you and be aware of your presence.
6. Fuel Tank
Make sure your fuel tank is full before any journey as you do not want to be caught without fuel and searching for a gas station in a scenario of low visibility.
7. Ride on the Left
Riding on the left lane enables you to keep a distance from other vehicles and have sufficient space to move in the event that somebody tries to overtake you.
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Above all, it is important that your bike is in good condition and well maintained. Keep all these tips in mind when travelling in foggy weather and you will ensure maximum safety for yourself.
Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.