It doesn’t look like the weather is going to cool down any time soon, right? From monsoon humidity to extremely high temperatures, the sun hasn’t been kind to us motorcycle riders. That’s why we’ve come up with a few tips and tricks to help you stay cool while riding your motorcycle through the hot streets of Pakistan!
- Stay Hydrated
Seems obvious, but it’s probably the most important suggestion here. A large part of why the heat is bad for us is because it causes dehydration – which leads to a whole host of other issues! So make sure you stay as hydrated as possible when taking out your motorcycle. For long drives, you should ideally drink 1 litre of water before heading out. Carry a water flask with you and fill it up with ice so you can have a sip of cold refreshing water whenever required.
Staying hydrated means also avoiding foods and drinks that cause dehydration. That means no coffee, no tea, no fizzy drinks and no salty foods for at least an hour before you head out for a long drive!
- Take your motorcycle cool
All precautions are pointless if you don’t look after your main vehicle. If the motorcycle you’re riding is emitting a lot of heat, nothing else will be able to cool you down. So it’s important to keep heat production at the minimum by doing basic checks as often as possible: keeping fluids at the right level, making sure that the radiator and oil cleaner are free from dirt and bugs and cleaning the cooling fins so they can do their job properly. Doing all this and keeping your motorcycle well-maintained will stop it from producing extra heat!
- Get dressed accordingly
When we think of summers, we think short sleeves and shorts are the way to go. But actually, that’s the worst thing you can do. Direct sun on bare skin leaves you more likely to feel the heat and suffer from sunburn and dehydration. Instead, opt for full sleeves and clothes that cover you completely, but choose fabrics that are light and breathable. That also includes your helmet. Other than being a basic safety requirement, a helmet helps protect you from the elements like sunlight and dirt. Regardless, opt for one which can be opened at the front to allow for good ventilation.
You can also check moisture-wicking layers. These are clothes that “wick” the sweat away, thereby improving your body’s ability to cool itself. You can find moisture-wicking clothes online or at a sports shop near you.
- Plan Ahead
Planning long rides ahead of time is the essential for keeping yourself cool. Plan to leave at times when the sun isn’t too high or when there is less traffic so you can reach your destination quicker. You should also plan some rest breaks if your journey is particularly long – ideally in an air-conditioned area.
So there you have it! 4 simple ways to keep yourself comfortable during this hot weather.