Motorcycle Safety Tips for Summer
Warmer temperatures mark the time of year when more and more motorcyclists hit the road in South Carolina. Hopping on your bike and going for a leisurely ride is a great way to relax and take in the beauty of the state, but you should never take your safety for granted. Get ready for your next ride with these summer-oriented safety tips.
Mind the Heat
Charleston’s summer heat can be intense, so it’s essential that you stay hydrated. Bring more water than you think you’ll need for a ride, and be sure to map out places you can stop to rest. You should also know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Stop riding and get help right away if you think you’re experiencing either of these serious conditions.
Use the Right Gear
It can be tempting to skip a protective gear when it’s hot outside, but that’s a big mistake. Helmets, gloves, pants and shirts are a must during hot days. It might seem counterintuitive, but keeping your skin covered helps keep you cooler. Make sure to put sunscreen on exposed areas of your skin as well. Try wearing mesh gloves, a cooling vest and other specialty gear designed for hot summer rides.
Know How to Respond
No one anticipates a bike accident or illness while on a ride, but it’s important that you know what to do in an emergency. If you’ve witnessed or been involved in an accident, call 911 right away. If you have CPR and first aid training, be prepared to aid others on the road when you can. If you’ve been seriously injured, you may also want to contact a personal injury attorney who can help you deal with the responsible party’s insurance company.
Check Out the Road
It’s always important to pay close attention to the road. In the summer, you should be particularly alert to the below road/weather conditions.
- oily patches on the road that can be incredibly hot and slick
- potholes that have appeared during the winter
- vehicles towing boats, RVs and ATVs
In most cases, being aware can prevent a serious accident. However, if improper maintenance or driver negligence led to an accident, a personal injury attorney may be
able to help you. So, if you enjoy hitting the open road, heading to Bike Week or just the leisurely Sunday ride be safe out there and if you are involved in an accident don’t forget our name – The John Price Law Firm. For further information about filing a claim or lawsuit regarding a motorcycle accident, contact a personal injury attorney at John Price Law Firm, LLC (843) 552-6011.