Ten Tips for a Safe Summer Ride
Summer is here. It’s time to get out and ride. But before you hit the road make sure to play it safe this summer. Here are some tips and suggestions for riding in hot weather that can help your summer adventures be the most fun and safest possible.
Bring water – lots of water. This is perhaps the most important thing you can do to ensure a good summer ride. You need to stay hydrated to stay safe and have fun. And although we never want accidents to happen it’s best to be prepared. You never know if you will have to hike out, wait for a while near a disabled vehicle, or top off an overheated radiator.
2. Share Your Plans
Let someone know where you plan on riding. Leave details with a trusted friend or family member as to where you are going, how you are going to get there and who will be going with you. Also let them know when you plan on being back.
3. Cell Phone
Keep a fully charged cell phone with you on any trip you take. Chances are you will be able to find service in case of an emergency. If you travel in extremely remote places, it might be a wise to consider purchasing a satellite phone.
4. Sunscreen / Hat
Since we are talking about being out in the summer sun, make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and bring a hat. Shade is not always available when you need it.
5. Dress Appropriately
Dress for the weather and cover up. Wear lightweight clothing to keep cool and, if possible, avoid dark colors. Covering up while you are out riding in the heat will actually help keep your body cooler because it keeps direct sunlight off of your skin. It also protects you from sunburn and from the wind to help keep your body cool.
6. Tool kit
You won’t need any tools to install or adjust your Clearly Tough windshield, but having some tools to help with other possible repairs tucked under the seat can be extremely beneficial. This is something that won’t take much effort to put together, and can be the difference between a fun trip, and one that is cut short.
7. Spare Tire and Tow Strap
If possible, carry a spare tire on long trips. If you don’t have enough room to carry a complete spare we suggest getting a tire inflation kit. Also, having a tow strap on hand is never a bad idea.
8. Take a Rest
Make sure you take breaks frequently to keep from getting overly tired and dehydrated. This is important on every ride, especially when conditions are extreme. If it is a possibility, get out of the heat and rest in an air conditioned room. If that is not available, do your best to take a rest in a shady area out of the sun.
9. Recognize Signs of Heat Related Problems
If you feel too hot and tired to ride, don’t. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke set on quickly. You don’t want to push yourself in extreme temperatures or put yourself at risk. Know what your limits are and don’t push yourself too hard.
Stop riding immediately if you experience signs and symptoms of heat-related problems.
- Heat exhaustion: Signs and symptoms include cool, clammy, and pale skin, heat cramps, a weak pulse, nausea, chills and dizziness, weakness and disorientation.
- Heat stroke: Your skin becomes hot, flushed, and dry. You stop sweating and your body temperature may rise above 106 degrees F. You may feel confused and even faint.
10. Wear your Seat Belt
As always, wear a seat belt and a helmet. This is a must for any ride during any season.
Have fun this summer and stay safe on all your adventures.