Safety is important when riding motorcycles and the scorching heat takes it to a different level. During the summer months, there is a significant increase in the number of people riding motorcycles.
Unfortunately, the chance of having an accident or injury is much higher too. It doesn’t matter how tough you are, how much experience you have or how physically fit you are...the sun’s heat has you beat!
What precautions can you take to ensure safety while biking in the heat? Our top 4 suggestions we share are:
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke: If your body is having trouble with the heat you will notice signs including cramps, nausea, headaches, extreme fatigue, flushed or pale skin, dizziness, and heavy sweating. If these signs are an apparent pullover, rehydrate, rest and recover.
- Bring a lot of water: In extreme heat, the body loses fluids much faster than normal which causes dehydration. When dehydrated, the body won’t work properly and will begin to shut down.
- Stop and cool off: Plan stops along the way in order to get out of the heat and into a cooler environment. This allows you to rejuvenate yourself, cool down and hydrate to prevent the risk of heat exhaustion.
- Dress properly and keep your skin covered: Be sure to cover any areas of exposed skin by wearing ventilated clothing that will also protect you from abrasions and impact. A cooling vest is highly recommended to keep you feeling more comfortable in the heat.