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  • Writer's picturePatrick Rankin

Managing weather hazards for New Zealand motorcycle touring.

Kia ora! If you're planning a motorcycle tour of beautiful Aotearoa with Moto New Zealand, it's important to be aware of the weather hazards you may encounter on the road. Our weather conditions can be unpredictable, so it's crucial to be prepared for various situations. Here are some tips on how to safely manage these hazards:

• Tūrama (Bright sunshine) can cause significant dazzle, making it difficult for motorists to see you. Be mindful that drivers in front of you may struggle to spot you before they overtake or change lanes.

• Whitianga (Sunrise) and ahiahi (sunset) can make it challenging for other motorists to see you. Exercise utmost care while riding during these periods, as visibility could be compromised.

• Pōuri (Fog) can greatly reduce visibility and your perception of speed. Reduce your speed and expand your buffer zone to enhance your ability to avoid accidents, allowing yourself ample time to respond. Resist the urge to tailgate another vehicle in order to observe its lights and antisipate its movements.

• Ua (Rain) can significantly decrease visibility, and water on the road will affect your braking. slowdown and increase your safety cushion to provide yourself with additional reaction time. Remember that following a period of wet weather, the road surface may become slippery, necessitating an increased stopping distance.

• If wai whakararuraru (spray from other vehicles) makes it difficult to see, slow down and drop back until you have clear visibility.

• Whakararuraru (High winds) can cause strong gusts, especially when entering or emerging from under bridges or riding into open country. This can affect the handling of your motorcycle, especially if it's a high-sided vehicle. Keep your speed down and create space from other vehicles to minimize the impact of wind buffeting.

• Avoid whakairo (painted arrows) and taputapu ara (road markings) when they are wet, as they can be very slippery.

• If you encounter a roto whakararuraru (deep puddle), ride slowly in a low gear. After you've cleared the water, test your brakes to ensure they are functioning properly.

Riding in unfavorable weather conditions can be tiring, so it's important to watch for signs of fatigue. If needed, take a break and rest before continuing your journey.

Moto New Zealand is here to provide you with an unforgettable motorcycle tour experience. Remember to stay safe and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of our beautiful country. Haere mai ki Aotearoa! (Welcome to New Zealand!)

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