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Tips to riding a motorcycle in fog

by Arun Mohan Nadar Photo courtesy: Reuters Posted on 31 Jan 201313,055 Views1 Comments

Riding a two-wheeler in fog needs extra care and alertness. Here are some tips to help you stay safe under foggy conditions

 

Motorcyclist riding in fog

 

 

Fog is one of the most difficult situations a rider can encounter. Coupled with rain and darkness, fog takes on a highly lethal combination. Ideally, riding in fog should be avoided completely. Ideally, that is! In real-world circumstances, you may run into a fog midway into your journey and without prior warning. Here are a few tips to help you ride through fog safely.

 

Avoid: If you are planning a ride to the hills or know beforehand that you are going to face foggy conditions, simply resist the thought of riding. 

 

Speed: If you’ve already begun your journey and ridden into foggy conditions, slow down to the minimum speed for better control during sudden braking. Also, avoid abrupt inputs to the brake or steering and use engine braking as much as you can.

 

Distance: Maintain adequate distance between you and the motorist in front to prevent collisions caused by abrupt braking by the driver ahead.

 

Make yourself visible: Wear riding jackets with reflective materials or bright coloured jackets to help other motorists spot you.

 

Guide line: Use the white line on the left hand side of the road as your reference and maintain a certain distance from it so if someone tries to overtake you from behind you have sufficient space for yourself.

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