Traveling by motorbike or scooter during the summer is synonymous with moments of pleasure and an adrenaline rush for many motorcyclists! However, health issues like dehydration, sun damage, exhaustion and heatstroke are not uncommon at this time of year. It is therefore important to take precautions and be well prepared without forgetting to take out motorcycle insurance adapted to your needs.
Choose the right equipment
To ride a motorcycle or scooter this summer, it is better to choose light and ventilated equipment with protections on the elbows and shoulders, as well as a back plate or back protector.
Although a jet helmet is more comfortable, it is recommended to wear a full face helmet, which will also protect your face.
Opt for a helmet with a tinted screen to protect you from the sun, with effective aeration and ventilation, and low noise.
A model with a removable and washable interior is more practical.
You can also buy a cross vest to put under any casual clothes.
Wear appropriate clothing
If your clothes don’t protect you well, your skin could be scarred for life in the event of a fall, even if you don’t ride fast.
Protect your legs and never ride in sandals or flip flops.
If the boots and ankle boots are too hot for the summer, put on light but protective shoes. In this way, you protect your ankles and malleoli and prevent your foot from rolling over in the event of an impact.
Sunburns in summer are not uncommon! Parts of your body exposed to the sun can be burned. Protect yourself by putting on covering clothes and sunscreen!
A lanyard can also be useful for riding a motorcycle or scooter in summer! Choose a light model in cotton or an airy textile. This way you protect your neck. Attention, no floating scarves which could get stuck in the wheels of the vehicle and cause serious incidents.
To protect your hands, wear resistant micro-perforated leather gloves. Cloth gloves are more fragile and less protective.
Prepare your pharmacy kit
This (non-exhaustive) list can help you identify what could be useful: a pair of small scissors, crab tweezers, a thermometer, disinfectant, tissues, scar tissue, antibacterial gel, aspirin, paracetamol, cotton, compresses, a soothing cream against mild itching due to bites, an antihistamine, a muscle relaxant, etc.
Drink lots of water
Riding a motorcycle or scooter in the summer can lead to dehydration of the body which can cause loss of concentration, dizziness, fatigue and headaches.
It is therefore very important to stay hydrated. Always keep a bottle of water handy.
Choose a reusable water bottle so you can refill it at the rest areas!
Avoid riding during the hottest hours
Driving between noon and 2 p.m., when the sun is at its highest point, is not a good idea.
Take advantage of these 2 hours to rest or have lunch.
Bonus: what about my motorcycle?
- Opt for a slightly more viscous oil than usual.
- Take care of your brakes by adopting a smoother ride and using engine braking on descents.
- Monitors brake and coolant fluids, which are very stressed in hot weather.
- Check tire pressure.
- Beware of insects that could damage your vehicle if your equipment is not perfectly adapted!
Motorcycle insurance: the HEYME offer
HEYME supports motorcyclists in the event of a claim and meets the expectations of all young people and students.
By taking out HEYME motorcycle insurance, you will be able to:
- insure your equipment, helmet and accessories;
- extend the driver’s guarantee up to €200,000 in the event of disability or death;
- be taken care of for an internship to recover points in inclusion;
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