Category AM (moped) – minimum age 16
Category A1 – minimum age 17
Category A2 – minimum age 19
Tips for riding in wet weather
Unfortunately the spring weather hasn't come just yet and as much as we all try to avoid it, sometimes we get stuck out in the rain on our motorcycles. Take a look at some of the tips below to help ensure your safety while driving in these horrible wet conditions:
Check your tyres, lights and lubricant to ensure they are at safe levels. Too little tread, sidewall damage and low pressure can lead to sudden loss of grip or tyre failure.
Any models produced after 2003 do not have a manual light switch so the lights will turn on automatically for you. If you ride a slightly older bike, be sure that you remember to switch your lights on.
Make changes to acceleration, steering and braking as smooth as possible and progressive instead of making any sudden and sharp actions.
Ensure your visor is clean and smear free so your visibility is at the highest level possible. If you don’t have a pinlock system make sure you get your visor treated with an anti-fog product.
Spray causes a massive reduction in visibility for all drivers. Plan accordingly before you make a movement or overtake as driver’s blind spots can be increased and they may not see you.
We know this may sound like common sense but it is very important. Old and leaky gear can drain you of heat, strength and concentration. Ensure you have the right clothing to keep you warm and dry and always remember a change of clothes.
Be careful on roundabouts and near petrol stations as oil sits above water and is not always visible. Also be aware of newly laid roads as the tarmac may become more slippery in the wet conditions.
Grip your bars firmly and try to keep the machine as upright as possible when riding through water as you do not know how deep it is or in fact what is underneath it. Remember to try your brakes after exiting water and test them periodically in wet conditions.
Most importantly, be safe!