As the weather warms up, more riders are looking forward to pulling the tarps off their two-wheeled vehicles and heading out on the open road. But before you get the engine roaring, it’s important to review these summer safety tips.
At Gill Law Group, PC, our head attorney, Raja Gill, has been an avid motorcycle rider for years and understands the unique challenges that may arise during summer rides in Southern California. So before you hit the pavement, here are some safety tips our team recommends for beginners and pros alike that can help you beat the heat on two wheels.
Stay Hydrated On Your Rides
During this time of year, it’s not uncommon for the temperature to get above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Southern California regions. Needless to say, one of the main dangers you face on two wheels is overheating, which may manifest in the form of dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke.
The last thing you want to be feeling on your bike is nauseous, dizzy, lightheaded, or fatigued. Ensure that you pack water bottles or fluids with you on your rides, even if you are only making a short trip. Avoid sodas, coffee, or energy drinks, which can actually make you more dehydrated.
Wear Full-Coverage Gear
You should always have full-coverage riding gear whenever you are on your bike. But remember, your core body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if you wear the wrong type of gear. We recommend that you have specific summer sets that include gear made of breathable materials, such as mesh. Additionally, choose a helmet that has vents to help circulate air near your head.
Gear that is moisture-wicking or absorbent can also go a long way in keeping your body cool from sweat as you ride. Lastly, because the intense summer sun can damage your eyes, ensure that you have tinted sunglasses or visors that block some of the dangerous rays.
Ride at the Right Times
While we understand that it’s not always possible, it’s best to try and avoid riding during the hottest periods of the day. Begin riding early in the morning so that you can get to your destination by avoiding the scorching heat, which usually is the worst from noon to 3 p.m., and mitigate any heat-related symptoms.
If you are feeling run down because of the heat, ensure that you make frequent stops or plan ahead for cool drinks in an air-conditioned environment. This way, you can keep your body temperature under control and stay hydrated along the way.
Armed with this information, we hope that you are able to make every ride as smooth as possible and stay safe during summer travels Should you or a loved one be involved in a motorcycle crash at any point in time, know that we are here to stand in your corner and ensure that you receive the compensation you need to properly recover.
Our Orange County motorcycle accident attorney, Raja Gill, will stop at nothing to help get your life back on track. Contact our team right away at (949) 681-9952 to get dedicated, experienced advocates in your corner today! We offer free, no-obligation case reviews and clients pay nothing out of pocket to retain our services.