Motorcycle Safety in Hot Weather
As any experienced biker knows, riding a motorcycle on a hot day can be a somewhat daunting experience. It is of utmost importance that you wear all of your protective gear for your safety, but heavy gear can also get very heated on an already-hot summer day. The very clothing made to protect you can also result in unforeseen dangers.
We want to help you keep cool while riding your motorcycle without foregoing the protective gear. In fact, many manufacturers make different types of gear and clothing with built-in cooling mechanisms for the safety and comfort of riders. Without further ado, here are a few ways to stay cooler.
Choose Your Clothes Carefully
Choosing efficient clothing can be a bit tricky for a motorcyclist. On one hand, you want to be well-protected against any possible impact; on the other hand, too much clothing can result in overheating. Luckily, there are certain types of clothing designed with bikers in mind for this very issue.
- Motorcycle jackets: While you may be used to a certain type of jacket, you can still get the safety needed while wearing gear that is designed to keep you cool. Textile mesh jackets, for instance, have a definite advantage over more traditional leather, as they allow for better cooling and air flow. Hybrid jackets made with both textile mesh and protective leather in high-risk areas are also efficient in keeping you safe and lowering the heat.
- Motorcycle shirts: While it might seem counterintuitive to wear a long-sleeved shirt on a very hot day, a tight-fitted exercise shirt made of moisture-wicking material will actually work to keep you cool. Your body reacts to heat with sweat, which should naturally evaporate off the body and cool you down. Certain materials are made to help you do just that, keeping you cool and safe while out on the road.
- Motorcycle gloves: Gloves designed for hot weather are also very important for staying both comfortable and safe. While no biker likes to have sweaty palms while gripping the handlebars, the safety benefits far outweigh any discomfort. It is a natural instinct to shield yourself from a fall by stretching out your hands, which can be seriously harmed. Riding gloves can protect your hands and may also be designed with breathable materials to prevent issues with overheating.
One of the most important rules to follow on a hot summer day is to drink enough water. This is even more vital for motorcyclists, since the heat from their protective gear and the motorcycle engine may result in overheating. Before you set out, remember to:
- Bring extra water! This is a simple tip, but it can make all the difference. No matter what the weather is like as you set out, you cannot anticipate what it will be like once you are actually out on the road. Carrying a water bag over your shoulder can be a literal lifesaver. It is important to consistently sip water on a hot day to stay hydrated.
- Water is the best option. Think a soda or coffee is the way to go? Sugar and caffeine can lead to lots of urination, leaving you with less water in your system. Your body retains plain water at a much more efficient pace.
- Know the signs of dehydration. Less sweat, dark urine, headaches, and lightheadedness are all signs of dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water on a hot day of riding. Your safety and life may depend on it.
Know Your Limits
Even if you think it is no big deal, you should pull over at the first sign of overheating. Overheated motorcycle riders are more likely to get into an accident due to fatigue, dehydration, nausea, lightheadedness, and other types of problems.
Sometimes, however, overheating had nothing to do with why you were injured. Perhaps it was a negligent driver not following the rules of the road, or it was a defective helmet or other article of clothing that did not protect you as advertised. After you’ve been hurt in an accident, it is important to have a skilled legal team by your side. Contact the top Phoenix motorcycle accident attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., today at (602) 457-6222 for a free consultation.
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