Tips for Riding in the Rain

Riding ATVs & UTVs in the Rain

Tips for Riding in the Rain

In many cases, you can avoid taking your vehicle out in the rain. Unfortunately, if you’re already out riding and experience some unexpected showers, there’s not much you can do but get through it. At Hidden Trails Motorsports, we want all our customers to be as safe as possible while they enjoy their powersports vehicle. We’ve put together some helpful tips for riding in the rain, should the situation present itself.

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Prepare your Vehicle

Pre-ride inspections are important on a regular basis but it holds even more weight if you might endure some rain. A small issue on the trail might be much more difficult to handle in the rain. When you conduct a pre-ride inspection, you’re given yourself the opportunity to spot any potential issues and fix them prior to riding your ATV or UTV. You’ll find it’s much easier to fix a small problem in the comfort of your garage than in the pouring rain.

You should always check your tires to ensure the tread is in good condition so you’ll have proper traction on wet roads. Make sure that your tires are inflated to the level that’s recommended by the owner’s manual. Next, check on your engine oil and brake fluid levels. You’ll also want to check your clutch, brakes, throttle, and other critical components to ensure they’re functioning properly. Lastly, ensure your lights are bright and visible so other drivers will be able to see you through the rain. If you notice any issues that you’re not sure how to fix on your own, bring it in for maintenance.

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Wear the Right Gear

The gear you choose to wear will determine how safe your ride is going to be. It should go without saying that you need protection from the road regardless of what the weather will be like. In the event that you have to ride in the rain, there are some unique circumstances to consider. For example, if you normally wear any leather gear, this won’t mesh well with the rain. You might want to consider a one piece rain suit that’ll cover your clothes entirely. These suits are built to provide seamless protection so you’re guaranteed to stay dry. You can also invest in waterproof pants and a waterproof jacket. Always remember to have a pair of solid, shielded riding gloves. These gloves will keep your hands warmer, which allows for better control. When you’re riding in the rain, a full-face helmet is the way to go so you’re completely protected from the rain. Fog-resistant eyewear is also important so you have proper visibility.

If you have further questions or want to check out some of our gear before your next ride, stop by Hidden Trails Motorsports in Charleston, WV today!

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