Riding Tips for Monsoon: Stay Safe and Prepared



As the monsoon season approaches, motorcyclists are divided into two groups: those who enjoy long rides and road trips during this time, and those who consider it an inconvenience during their daily commute. Regardless of which group you belong to, it's crucial to be prepared for the challenges that come with riding in the rain. With a little precaution and practice, you can ensure your safety while riding in wet conditions. Here are some valuable tips and tricks to help you ride better during the monsoon.

Always Gear Up

Gear Up for Protection

No matter the weather, it's essential to wear appropriate gear when riding a two-wheeler. At the very least, invest in a high-quality full-face helmet, gloves, and fully covered boots. However, we recommend going a step further and investing in riding-specific gear like a riding jacket, riding boots, and pants or knee guards. Additionally, regularly check your helmet visor for any scratches and replace it if needed. Applying car wax on the visor can prevent water build-up that can obstruct your vision.

Be Visible to Others

Enhance Visibility

While you may not be invisible, two-wheelers often find themselves in the blind spots of larger vehicles. It is crucial, regardless of rain or shine, to make yourself visible to others on the road. Wear high-visibility clothing and affix reflective stickers to your riding jacket and two-wheeler. Opting for a helmet in high-viz colours rather than black is also a wise choice.

Inspect the Tyres and Electricals

Ensure Proper Maintenance

Prioritize the condition of your tyres. Worn-out tyres significantly increase the risk of skidding and compromise safety. Before the monsoon season, inspect your tyres for flat spots and cracks, and replace them if necessary. Additionally, check your electrical components to ensure all lights, switches, bulbs, and indicators are in working order. If any parts are faulty, promptly repair or replace them.

Be Gentle on the Throttle

Exercise Caution

Wet roads can be slippery, leading to potential aquaplaning. Therefore, it's crucial to exercise caution with the throttle. Avoid overspeeding at all costs and be extra cautious during the monsoon season. Applying excessive throttle can cause wheel spin, loss of traction, and slips. Instead, gradually build speed in a controlled manner to maintain stability. This approach also allows you to react effectively if other road users lose control. Similarly, apply the brakes gently and avoid hard braking.

Keep a Safe Distance

Maintain Distance

During the monsoon, it's advisable to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles on the road. Reduced traction requires a longer distance to come to a safe stop. Additionally, rain obstructs your vision, impairing judgment. To ensure your safety, maintain a suitable distance from the vehicle in front of you. By doing so, you'll also be more visible to the driver ahead, as the distance makes you a part of their peripheral view.

Know When Not to Ride

Exercise Caution

It's crucial to strictly avoid riding in heavy rains. Be cautious of low-lying areas that have a higher risk of flooding. When in doubt about the weather conditions, it's better to wait it out and avoid unnecessary risks.


Riding in the monsoon season requires extra care and attention to ensure your safety on the road. By following these tips, you can enhance your riding experience and minimize risks. Remember to gear up properly, increase visibility, maintain your tyres and electricals, be cautious with the throttle and brakes, keep a safe distance, and know when it's best to refrain from riding. Stay safe, enjoy your rides, and make the most of the monsoon season. 

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