Motorcyclists look forward to the long, epic rides of summer. But, any Las Vegas native can tell you that the summertime can bring scorching heat to the area, which can present its own unique set of challenges. To help you stay safe during this time, our team provides three essential tips that can help you avoid common pitfalls and keep your cool while on two wheels.
Watch Carefully for Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses
Heat exhaustion is a condition that can occur when one’s body is exposed to extreme heat. It can develop suddenly or over a period of time. Get out of the heat and into a cool area if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms on your bike, as it could mean you are experiencing heat exhaustion:
- Heat rash
- Muscle cramps (heat cramps)
- Fast, weak pulse
- Cool, moist skin
If you ignore the above symptoms, hyperthermia can develop and may be life-threatening. Also known as heat stroke, this condition occurs when the body’s heat-regulating mechanisms do not work properly and one’s body temperature reaches 104 degrees or higher. Confusion, vomiting, and rapid breathing are some of the most common symptoms.
Bring More Water Than You Think You Will Need
Motorcycle riders often wear clothing that completely covers their skin; this extra layer of protection reduces the risk of road rash injuries should they be involved in a motorcycle crash. However, it’s important to be aware that these pieces of protection can also cause you to sweat more, especially in the sweltering Las Vegas heat.
It’s important to drink copious amounts of fluids to replenish the water and minerals that your body loses during perspiration. Always carry water with you at all times while riding. You should be drinking enough water to never truly get thirsty. Doing so can also prevent heat-related illnesses and dehydration.
Riding During Cooler Parts of the Day
The heat doesn’t seem to end in Las Vegas during the summer months, but there are certain times that are most dangerous to be outside because of the high temperatures and levels of ultraviolet (UV) rays. If possible, you should also try to avoid riding during the hottest periods of the day—typically between noon and 4 p.m.
There’s plenty of daylight hours in the summer months, so heading out earlier or later in the day shouldn’t hinder your visibility. Additionally, if you are going for a long-distance ride, plan additional stop breaks at gas stations, restaurants, or other establishments that have cool indoor areas. This way, you can get periods of relief from the heat and refill your water bottle as needed.
We’re Here If You Need Us
Our team at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter, Smith & Cullen hopes that these tips help you beat the heat while you’re on your bike this summer. With that said, please know that we are here to fight for you should you ever be injured due to another person’s negligent or reckless actions on the road. Our Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorneys will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the justice you deserve.
Contact our firm at (702) 505-8115 to speak with our legal team today. We offer free, personalized case reviews and clients pay nothing out of pocket to retain our services.