Riding a motorcycle or motorbike
in poor weather conditions

Riding a motorcycle or motorbike in bad weather can be a challenge to even the most experienced rider. Following these simple guidelines can help you avoid mistakes, and motorcycle accidents.

Rain poses two major problems: traction and visibility. Traction is the main concern for most riders. Watch out for metal objects like manhole covers or bridge gratings, and also painted areas, and places where built-up oil and grease have not washed off; these areas become much more slippery when wet. The obvious one is to be wary of large puddles, not only will they affect braking traction but they may conceal potholes or other road damage.

Assuming that your tyres are in good condition to start with, you can easily check what your traction is like by riding on a quiet and safe section of road and applying your rear brake. This should give a feel for how the bike will respond in the prevailing conditions.

There are other steps you can take to improve traction. A good quality set of tyres can make a big difference to braking performance in wet conditions, also a slight increase in your tyre pressures can also improve traction in bad weather.

Turning a motorcycle on icy or wet surfaces demands gentle handling. Braking abruptly or making a sudden steering changes could get you intro trouble. Start your turns a bit more gradually, change down smoothly, engaging the clutch a little slower than usual, and avoid abrupt throttle changes. Use a higher gear to reduce the forces reaching the rear tyre.

Apply the brakes in such a way that the tyres are not loaded abruptly. Allow more space in front of you to give you more time to stop, and also signal earlier to warn other vehicles that you are about to manoeuvre.

If you don't already own one, consider wearing a high visability jacket or vest. Rain, fog or snow can reduce visibility considerably, and reflective clothing will enable drivers of other vehicles to see you from some distance away, even in bad weather.

Also consider your own vision. Your view can be impaired by your helmet visor or windscreen fogging when it is wet or cold. There are many inexpensive spray products which can help deflect moisture in these conditions.

Riders involved in motorcycle accidents are particularly vulnerable from many types of injury, from whiplash to traumatic brain injuries. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that wasn't your fault, and it occured within the last 3 years, then you may be able to claim compensation, just call us on 02392 484 244 and one of our team will be happy to give you expert advice and legal assistance.

No need to claim on your insurance

Anyone who has been involved in a road accident has the right to choose who repairs their vehicle. If you were responsible for the accident you were involved in, the company that insures your vehicle would normally deal with your accident claim.

However if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can choose to either claim on your own insurance policy or make a claim independently of your insurer. To find out more call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

We and our partners help thousands of people make independent accident claims. Our service enables motorists to get the help and assistance they need to resolve their accident related issues, with the costs being recovered directly from the at-fault driver on your behalf.

No excess to pay

Unfortunately even if an accident was not your fault, your insurer will almost certainly require you to pay your excess before any repair is started on your car.

This money should of course be recovered by an insurer at a later date, but with our service - you do not have to pay it at all.

By using our independent claims service, you are not making a claim on your insurance policy and so you will have no excess to pay.

Receive a comparable replacement hire vehicle

Not all insurance policies will include a replacement hire-car for you to use if yours is damaged and unroadworthy. In fact it is typically an 'optional extra' on your policy.

Other policies may offer a 'courtesy car' but this is often just a 'basic' saloon or hatchback which may not be suitable for your needs.

Car Call and its partners will provide a comparable replacement vehicle as part of our service. This means we will endeavour to supply a hire-vehicle that similar to your own in terms of its type, make and engine size.

So whether you drive a small hatchback or a prestige sports car, we will look to provide a similar hire-vehicle that suits your needs.

Manufacturer approved vehicle repairs

If you have been involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the quality of the repairs to your car. We have a UK wide network of partner approved Accident Repair Centres available to all of our customers.

Many of our accident repair centres are have manufacturer approvals for specific brands, so if you require a manufacturer approved repair centre, simply tell your personal claim handler and they will ensure your vehicle goes to an approved repairer.

Want you vehicle repaired by a specific garage? No problem, we can alternatively use a repairer that you specify.

Legal Assistance

Our partner solicitors provide legal assistance as part of our service. They specialise in motor claims related issues, so you can be assured of the best possible advice and assistance.

They issues they can assist you with include:

  • Recovery of the cost of the replacement hire-vehicle
  • Recovery of the cost of uplifting your damaged vehicle
  • Recovery of all repair costs
  • Recovery of the cost of damaged of personal items
  • Seeking financial compensation for an injury