Top 12 Summer Month Motorcycle Tips

Summer Month Motorcycle Tips

Hot weather can be dangerous for a biker. If you plan to ride during the hottest time of year, make sure you review these helpful summer month motorcycle tips.

1. Stay Hydrated

One of the more dangerous parts of riding during a hot summer day is losing too much water and failing to replenish it appropriately. Sweating can deplete approximately 10 liters of water from your system in a day. The CDC recommends drinking 24 to 32 oz. (three to four 8-ounce glasses) of water each hour on a 90° day.

2. Wear Ventilated Gear

One of the more beneficial summer month motorcycle tips is to wear ventilated gear. There are several options for protective gear with strategic vents and mesh patterns to improve airflow around your body while you ride. You don’t want to dress down to jeans and a t-shirt just because it’s hot. Removing protective gear makes it more likely that you could suffer a serious injury or death in a motorcycle accident. Instead, look for lighter gear with ventilation.

3. Wear Sunscreen

UV rays are incredibly dangerous, particularly in the southern U.S. Sun damage is cumulative and is a major factor in developing skin cancer. Make sure you wear at least SPF 50 and purchase sweat- and water-resistant sunscreen. Cover any exposed areas of skin, including your ankles, hands, neck, and face. You will also need to reapply your sunscreen regularly throughout the day.

4. Stay Off the Road During the Hottest Times

Summer leads to hot weather throughout the day, but the hottest times are between noon and 3pm. Plan a long lunch or some sightseeing in town before hitting the road again.

5. Plan for Dangerously High Temps

Temperatures over 90 degrees can be extremely dangerous. Watch the local weather reports for extreme heat warnings and plan accordingly.

6. Invest in a Cooling Vest

Cooling vests contain cold packs that you can freeze overnight and wear in the vest, keeping your core cool in hot weather.

7. Stop Frequently

Frequent stops let you enjoy some air conditioning occasionally during a long ride. Don’t forget that many convenience stores have walk-in coolers where you can cool off for a few minutes.

8. Protect Your Eyes

UV rays are just as dangerous to your eyes as your skin. Wear protective eyewear on the road with high ratings against both UVA and UVB rays.

9. Ensure Your Bike Has Heat Protection

Hot weather can damage your bike as well. Be sure to check your fluids and top off your oil and coolant before you begin riding for the summer.

10. Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Heat exhaustion presents with excessive sweating, clammy skin, nausea, feeling faint or dizzy, and muscle cramps. Heat stroke presents with a throbbing headache, no sweating, body temperature over 103°, nausea or vomiting, and potential loss of consciousness. Heat exhaustion can be dangerous, but heat stroke can be deadly.

11. Avoid Sodas, Energy Drinks, and Alcohol

Drinks high in sugar, caffeine, or alcohol can dehydrate you with diuretic ingredients that make you sweat and urinate more often.

12. Replenish Electrolytes

Sweating depletes electrolytes. Unless you’re on a low-sodium diet for a medical condition, you shouldn’t avoid salt. Replenish electrolytes with a sports drink on your ride and enjoy a salty snack.

Contact Law Tigers for Motorcycle Law Across the U.S.

Following these summer motorcycle safety tips can keep you safe from dangerous heat when you take the bike out for a ride this summer. If you suffered injuries or losses in a motorcycle accident or bike theft, contact Law Tigers. Law Tigers attorneys represent bikers across the country. Call us at 888-863-7216 for a free case evaluation, and never ride alone with a free rider benefit card.