Motorcyclists: Don’t Skip Protective Riding Gear, Regardless of the Temperature Outside
Summer is prime riding season for motorcyclists, but hot temperatures can make many riders reluctant to fully “gear up” before they hit the road. If you’re a rider, don’t give in to this temptation. Skipping any piece of equipment when you head out on your motorcycle puts you at a significantly elevated risk of suffering serious injuries in a crash.
It’s true that riding in full gear in the summer can be challenging and even dangerous depending on how hot it is. However, the danger of riding without gear is even more pronounced. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to stay safe and comfortable while riding in the heat.
- Wear breathable gear—Having winter riding gear and summer riding gear can give you the best of both worlds. You can buy full protective bodysuits that are made of breathable material and that even include cooling gels and packs to lower your body temperature on hot days.
- Avoid the hottest part of the day—When you ride during the summer, stick to the early morning and evening hours. Riding in the afternoon and early evening means riding during the hottest part of the day, which can increase your risk of heat stroke.
- Stay hydrated with ice water—Whether you drink it from a thermos, a water bottle, or a wearable pack, continuously drinking ice water during your ride and when you stop can help you stay cool and hydrated on even the hottest days.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we take motorcycle safety seriously. We know that when riders are struck by negligent drivers, they face long roads to recovery. If you or someone you love was injured by a negligent driver while you were riding, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers are here. Contact us today for a free consultation.