Health & Safety

July 12, 2013

Monsoon season creates increased motorcycle hazards

Monsoon season is here and brings increased riding hazards for motorcyclists and potential for accidents. Riders should know – and practice – proper risk management.

Take precautions before riding bikes in rainy weather as several factors will affect the machine’s performance and make riding unsafe. Some of these conditions are slippery roads, low visibility, potholes, stagnant water and road debris left behind by the rain.

Ride smart

Have the bike serviced regularly to avoid having it stall in heavy rains. The brakes should be in good condition; worn out pads or liners reduce their efficiency and lead to accidents. Have drum brakes cleaned from the inside, and replace the brake shoes and pads. Those with disc brakes should get them checked. Verify the level of brake oil.

Do not ride on bald or worn-out tires at any time, particularly during monsoon; the treads provide grip and disperse water. Make sure treads are deep enough on both the tires’ center position and on the sides. A minimum of 2 to 3 mm of tread depth is necessary for safe riding.

Tire pressure also makes a difference when driving on wet surfaces. Check it regularly.

Lubricate the bike’s hinges and levers so they move freely.

Ride safely

Avoid motorcycling in the rain if possible. Those who must ride should take extra precautions.

Slow down. Rain causes oil in the road to rise to the surface. Water and oil make the road both wet and slick.

Take corners slowly in any condition, but especially when roads are wet. If possible, do not use brakes in a curve or when cornering. Those who must use them should gradually apply both front and rear brakes when leaning into the corner.

Uneven dirt roads, loose gravel and other unknown factors such as debris on the road should alert drivers to proceed with caution. Expect the unexpected; allow maximum time to slow down and stop, if necessary.

The three-second rule does not apply in the adverse conditions described above; allow plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead.

Always have 360 degrees of operational visibility to better react to the unexpected.

Flash flooding is extremely common during monsoon season, and riders should not try to run through a fast moving wash with the potential to be swept away by the rushing water or be hit by floating debris. If drivers have to be rescued, they could be fined and possibly charged for the rescue expenses.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Donald Nelson

Logistics Readiness Center provides different facets of support on post

Donald Nelson Soldiers of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion take a class in pallet building April 24 at the battalion’s motor pool. The class dealt with the logistical side of deployment the Soldiers would later experie...
 
 

Traffic changes at fort’s East Gate begin Monday due to major construction

The east gate on Fort Huachuca receives a major facelift beginning Monday. The project will impact traffic flow into the installation and there will be delays. Two lanes will be open for inbound traffic which will be routed through the outbound lanes for a portion of the road. Traffic will be inbound only from 5...
 
 
Army.mil

U.S. Army celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Army.mil Mr. Gonzalo Soanes, mayor of Caguas, explains how his town conducted blackouts to Lt. Col. F. Parra, Maj. Gen. Collins, and Lt. Gen. Andrews, Puerto Rico, November 1941. The U.S. Army recognizes the achievements and co...
 

 
J.D. Leipold

Are you, your Family prepared for an emergency or disaster?

J.D. Leipold Bill Newman of the Army’s Emergency Management Program at the Pentagon speaks with a Soldier about creating an emergency kit for his Family. The “Ready Army” display at the Pentagon early this month was part ...
 
 

Preventing suicide: ‘Power of 1’ could save a life

WASHINGTON — As Suicide Prevention Month and year-long Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs efforts continue to combat suicide, Pentagon officials emphasize the importance of the power of one, peer support and resources. The DoD, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has launched “The Power of 1” campaign in observance of Suicide...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Young artist helps local PD catch criminals through her work

Courtesy photo Makenzie Sargent is pictured with some of her artwork. A young woman whose parents work on Fort Huachuca is helping the Sierra Vista Police Department take a bite out of crime through her artwork. Makenzie Sargen...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin