Motorcycles: Summer Safety
The prime time of year for motorcyclists to travel is between the Spring and Fall seasons. Summertime is especially ideal for riders because there is a smaller chance of rainfall; however, the increase in temperatures becomes the primary concern as it can lead to discomfort and dehydration. The average temperature for Houston in July was 94 degrees Fahrenheit.
Texas has a long history of having triple digit weather conditions. Our summers are also known for being very humid which can cause motorcyclists to become more sweaty and uncomfortable. Dehydration is also a common problem that can occur when people are out in the heat for too long. It’s best to stay up-to-date with your local weather sources to make sure the heat isn’t too extreme for riding; ideally nothing over 95 degrees.
A problem that motorcyclists often face is choosing the appropriate attire for riding that doesn’t increase their risk of overheating. It’s important for riders to have their entire body covered in case of an accident, but it’s also important to make sure the material is breathable and comfortable, especially during the hot summer heat. The typical black leather attire is now being opted for more lightweight and vented materials. You can purchase anything from vented helmets to vented mesh gloves now.