With the sun shining and bright blue skies, Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart head of driving and riding standards, has put together some riding advice to keep you safe this summer.
- A lot of motorcycle jackets have thermal and waterproof layers. If it’s a hot day and they’re not needed, take them out to help you stay cool. Even better, purchase a summer jacket with vents to avoid overheating
- If you’re going to be keeping your visor up, be sure to wear protective eye gear. Your helmet will also accommodate for this weather by having air ventilation. Do you know how to use yours? If not, it may be a good time to check
- Don’t fall into the trap of being tempted to ride without gloves. They’re a must for any journey – short or long. You can buy protective gloves that allow air flow which will make your summer journey more comfortable
- Are you still wearing your winter boots? Put these back in the cupboard and get yourself a pair of summer weight boots which are another great piece of kit for air ventilation
- The warm weather and overheating can increases fatigue so make sure you stay hydrated and take regular breaks. In a car, we recommend stopping for a break every two hours, however on a motorbike you may need to stop more than this
Richard says: “Don’t be tempted to cut corners as you’re just as likely to fall off your bike in the summer as you are at any other time of the year. Investing in the right summer riding kit will allow air ventilation, meaning you can have a relaxed journey and enjoy the warm weather whilst it lasts.”