It is important to remember that wet weather can amplify the risks of driving as there is less grip on the road and sudden movements can potentially lead to loss of control.
To help keep you safe, we’ve put together some simple tips to help you think about yourself and others whilst on the road:
Take extra care on the road
- Check the weather forecast before you set off.
- Choose appropriate riding attire to protect you in wet weather conditions such as a rain jacket, waterproof trousers and waterproof close-toed shoes.
- Choose shoes with oil-resistant, waterproof, non-slip soles - wet feet can quickly become cold and numb and this can be dangerous while riding.
- Maintain a safe distance to the vehicle in front of you to give yourself more time to react to any potential hazards on the road and remember to brake gently.
- Make sure to adjust your speed to suit wet conditions.
- Avoid extra water and never attempt to cross running water as riding through large puddles can cause you to lose traction and skid on the road - when safe, change lanes or carefully steer around standing water.
Check your vehicle
- Test your brakes - wet weather and ice can affect how quickly you can stop.
- Check your tyres - when the temperature drops, the air inside your tyres contracts.
- Take a look at our pre-ride safety check videos for scooters, bicycles/e-bikes and cars.
- Remember to stay within the speed limit.
- Be careful when using your mobile phone to make deliveries - you must be familiar with the rules on using your mobile phone while on the road whether you drive a car, scooter or bicycle.
- Take extra care at junctions and intersections by signalling and not swerving unexpectedly.
- When riding around trams in Melbourne, you must stop behind the tram until the doors close and pedestrians finish crossing - never move into the path of a moving tram.
- You must make a hook turn at intersections that have a ‘Right Turn from Left Only’ hook turn sign.