There’s nothing better than the freedom of riding your motorcycle in the summer. Unfortunately, it’s no secret that it can also be the most dangerous time of year for bikers. Whether you plan on hitting the road as a passenger on a bike or you plan to ride cross country solo, make sure you’re doing everything you can to stay safe on your motorcycle this summer. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind before your next ride.
Make Sure You Are Hydrated
It’s easy to become so distracted by the landscape and the freedom of the highway that you completely forgot about the dangers of the summertime heat. One of the most important things to carry with you, whether you plan a short or long bike trip, is your water. Keep your body cool and make sure you are hydrated throughout your trip.
Although it’s hot and we’d prefer to wear fewer clothes while on the road, it’s important that you still dress appropriately. For summer weather, this means gear that resists abrasion and impact as well as mesh-ventilated apparel. You do still need to make sure your body is covered and protected, no matter how hot it seems outdoors.
Beware Signs of Heat Exhaustion
Again, it’s easy to become distracted when bike riding. Make sure you keep an eye on any signs of heatstroke or heat exhaustion. Some things to look out for:
- Extreme fatigue
You could also sweat heavily or suddenly have flushed or pale skin. In any event, these signs should be taken seriously as soon as you detect them. Pull over immediately and spend the time you need rehydrating, resting, and recovering before you get back on your bike.
Learn to Drive on Different Surfaces
Riding in the summer means exploring different areas, which can include gravel roads, loose surfaces, and many others. You’ll find your ride much safer and more enjoyable if you take the time to get familiar with different surfaces before taking your bike out on the road.
Never Drink and Drive
It might be tempting when you’re out on your motorcycle to cool down and grab a quick drink at a bar. However, the risks that come with drinking and driving are not worth it, even in the summer.
Pay Attention to Other Drivers
Although this is something you have to do in every season, you might have to pay even more attention to other drivers who are out enjoying the summer as well. Summertime means more people are on the road potentially increasing the chances for distracted driving and traffic accidents.
Even if you follow all safety precautions while bike riding, there’s still a risk of other drivers who aren’t always as safe or careful. If you or someone you love has been in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, the lawyers of Jones Hacker Murphy can help. To request a free and confidential consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, call us at (518) 380-2597 fill out our online contact form.