Riding Safety: Motorcycle Riding in the Heat Means Staying Hydrated
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With the skyrocketing temperatures of summer now upon much of the country, motorcycle riders need to take a little extra care to keep their mind and body tuned-up to deal with the heat.
One easily preventable and often overlooked motorcycle safety hazard on the road is dehydration.
What is dehydration?
In simple terms, dehydration is using more water than your body is taking in. This means you don’t need to be running a marathon for dehydration to set in. The act of riding your motorcycle in the heat can be a cause. Spending hours in the saddle under the hot sun without replenishing your fluids can be a recipe for disaster.
What are some of the symptoms of dehydration?
- Dry Mouth
- Increased Thirst
Do you feel a little “off”? Listen to your body. The dizziness or sluggishness a motorcycle rider may experience as a result of not taking in enough fluids can have dire consequences.
Hot Weather Motorcycle Riding – Be Prepared
Often, your body may be experiencing mild dehydration before common symptoms begin to appear. With a small amount of extra planning before you get on your bike, you can keep your body strong and your mind sharp for the duration of your ride.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Ben Franklin
Hot Weather Motorcycle Riding Gear – Hydration Pack
TIP: Filling your hydration pack first with ice, and then filling it the rest of the way with water keeps it cooler longer.
Reusable Water Bottles
A thermos or reusable water bottle tucked in your tankbag or luggage could be just what the doctor ordered.
In addition to replenishing your fluids, having to stop to take it out and drink from it can give your body a few moments to rest. Pick a nice, shady spot and enjoy the scenery while you recharge your battery.
What to Drink
Water is the best option for keeping your body hydrated. A sports drink is also a good choice.
Alcoholic beverages like wine and beer as well as caffeinated beverages like soda, coffee and teas are diuretics and actually encourage fluid loss. They should be avoided to keep your motor running in tiptop shape.
Ride Smart, Ride Safe!
Don’t leave your personal safety to chance during the dog days of summer. Leave home prepared with something to drink along the way.fuzzygalore is a guest blogger from Girlie Motorcycle Blog. In exchange for sharing this content, the Allstate Community has compensated her via cash payment.
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