Most Pennsylvanian residents love when the weather changes from spring to summer because they can spend more time outdoors and less time in front of the television. The same is true for motorcyclists as well, since they can enjoy the warm weather on their regular rides.

However, riders need to be wary due to the increase of rain and thunderstorms from May through July. How do riders know when it’s too wet to ride? And how can they protect themselves in the slick streets?

Prepare before leaving

Most experienced riders know that hydroplaning is a significant concern for motorcyclists, so it’s critical to prepare beforehand to prevent any major accidents. For example, check the weather forecast to see the amount of precipitation expected. If there are multiple inches expected during your ride, make sure to delay it as long as possible because the first 20 minutes of a storm are the riskiest for hydroplaning. You also should prepare the right gear for rainy weather, including waterproof gloves, boots and a jacket.

Ride smarter, not faster

If you decide to hit the road, make sure to slow down and be vigilant of other drivers. The likelihood of accidents increases for all drivers in rainy weather, so motorcyclists need to be extra careful of passenger vehicles or large commercial trucks. Along with that, you may need to be slower to prevent hydroplaning in severe rain.

Keep an eye on the pavement.

While you have to stay vigilant of your surroundings, you also need to watch out for the pavement. When riders drive over wet maintenance hole covers or sealer pavement, they are more likely to lose traction. If motorists can avoid these obstacles, it will make the ride safer and smoother for everyone on the road.

So when is it too wet to drive? It depends on a rider’s experience and the conditions of the roads. If you have any concerns centering on if it’s too wet to ride, then it’s probably too wet to ride. Luckily, you can still hit the road after the skies are clear and the streets are dry.