As a motorcyclist, you are probably well aware of the risks of the open road. For starters, it’s not like motorists wear helmets. But beyond following traffic laws, taking a defensive approach to driving and wearing vibrant riding gear, there are efforts you can take to increase your safety on long and short summer journeys.

Instead of letting a heat-related maintenance problem or health condition cause you to collide with other motor vehicles, you can take precaution to prevent injury.

Perform summer maintenance

Before your next ride, consider getting your bike tuned up. Regular use of your bike, letting your bike sit in your garage and even high heat can all take a toll on its basic functions. For example, heat can cause the air in your tires to expand, so regular air pressure checks can save you from a traumatic tire blowout.

Plus, in any season, you can ride with more confidence knowing your bike is in good health. A maintenance check can confirm that your brakes work well enough to make a sudden stop or your oil level or car battery life isn’t going to leave you stranded on the shoulder.

Beware of heat exhaustion

Louisiana summers can be quite hot. Although, you have every right to ride around in the summer sun, it’s important to understand the dangers of motorcycle riding in high heat. Because if you don’t properly hydrate and are out in the sun for a while, you can go through heat exhaustion and dehydration.

In mild cases, heat exhaustion can cause thirst or nausea, which can make it hard to operate a motor vehicle. In severe cases, you can faint or suffer a seizure, which, in turn, can cause a fatal collision as you may lose control of your bike. As such, you should drink plenty of water before riding in the summer and rehydrate as needed. And if your current riding gear doesn’t offer proper ventilation, now might be a good time to invest in some new pieces.

Taking seasonal safety precautions can sound like a hassle, but a few extra measures could save your life.