5 tips to help you cool down while riding your motorcycle on hot summer days
The hot days that Metro Manila has been having lately is expected to continue up to the end of the month. According to The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the extreme heat across the country will continue as the heat index readings reach dangerous to extremely dangerous levels. Riders must be prepared when riding under these extreme weather conditions; here are some tips on how to keep cool to avoid heat exhaustion or stroke.
1. Do body Check – Before heading out into what you know will be a hot day, make sure you’re well rested and well hydrated. If you’re not feeling well, defer your riding until you’re better. Fatigue, dehydration, and illness make you more susceptible to the effects of heat.
2. Cover up – Wearing dri-fit long sleeves jerseys underneath your motorcycle jacket can help by absorbing wetness on humid days. When sweat evaporates, it cools the surface of the skin. Also, skip leather and opt for a mesh motorcycle jacket that will provide enough air flow.
3. Stay Hydrated – This is pretty self-explanatory, our body is mostly made up of water and our body needs enough of it to function normally. While you're riding you will be sweating a lot, so bring a water bottle and take frequent sips. You can also take sugar free electrolyte sports drinks to replenish minerals you lose through perspiration.
4. Use Sunblock – Apply a sunblock so the scorching heat won’t burn your skin. The back of your neck, face and your wrist are typical hotspots. Getting sun-burned will make you feel more fatigued and increase your chances of skin cancer in the long-run.
5. Rest and recover – On hot days, you should stop more often. Go to a shaded area and use stopping as an opportunity to get off the bike, hydrate, and move around. Also make time to cool down your motorcycle and make sure your motorbike is using a high quality engine oil that keeps it cool.