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A Vancouver Motorcycle Injury Lawyer Offers Three Tips for Riding in Hot Weather

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

To avoid another accident – and another call to your Vancouver motorcycle injury lawyer – you need to stay in peak performance condition. When the weather is mild, it's not that hard. But what happens when it starts to sizzle outside? Non-Canadians may not realize it, but B.C. weather can get scorching during mid to late summer. Here are three tips for staying cool and riding safe.

1. Don’t strip off your helmet and gloves just because it’s hot out.

When it’s sweltering, you might feel inspired to strip off your protective gear to "cool off." But this can be a mistake, particularly when the temperature climbs way up. At super hot temperatures, you want to insulate your body from ambient heat. Your helmet, mesh jacket, and gloves can shade your sweating skin and also protect you from the sun’s UV rays.

2. Feed and hydrate yourself properly.

Motorcycle riding in Vancouver (and elsewhere) is a calorie-burning activity. And, when you ride in the scorching heat, you also sweat a lot, which means that you will lose electrolytes and water. Carry a bottle of Gatorade or thermos of water with you, particularly on long trips, and take a few energy bars or a bag of trail mix. The last thing you want is to get stuck out on a sweltering highway with a broken down bike and nothing to drink or eat. Pure water can be refreshing. But water alone will not replenish the minerals, electrolytes, and other nutrients that you need after sweating.

3. Plan for your drive.

Plan out your route. Watch the weather, and get into a good frame of mind for the ride ahead. The more mindfully you approach riding in sweltering conditions, the lower the odds are that you will suffer heat stroke, awful sunburns, or fatigue-induced accidents.

If you’ve been injured in a crash in hot weather, the team here at McComb Witten can help. Find out more about your rights as a recent Vancouver motorcycle accident victim by perusing our report, Your Family Doctor Could Make Or Break Your ICBC Claim, or give us a call at 604-255-9018 now to get a free evaluation of your accident case.