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Some of the hottest days of summer are at the end of the season right before fall. Still, there’s plenty of time for a long road tour or ride to a distant motorcycle rally. Even if you stay close to home, you can spend many hours riding. Racking up all of those miles in the sun does present some safety challenges—namely dehydration. There are ways to avoid dehydration, but it’s important to understand why it’s dangerous and some of the ways to identify if you’re reaching dangerous levels of dehydration.
Dehydration occurs when we lose more water than we’re taking in. Along with water, we also lose essential salts known as electrolytes. When we’re fully hydrated, our bodies maintain a delicate balance of essential salts and fluids in our cells, organs, muscles, and bloodstream. We consistently lose water and electrolytes through normal bodily functions, such as sweating and using the bathroom.
By the time you feel thirsty while riding, you’re likely starting to become dehydrated and your ability to concentrate and physical skills could also be declining. All can lead to several dangers on the road:
There are some dehydration warning signs you can watch for when riding this summer. Bear in mind that these signs and symptoms can be mild at first, and it’s important to recognize them before they harm you. Here’s what to watch for:
The best way to avoid dehydration is to maintain a good fluid balance that includes the vital salts and electrolytes you need. Here are 5 tips to help you stay hydrated during your motorcycle adventures:
Safely riding a motorcycle requires mental skills, alertness, and concentration. By taking the time to maintain your fluid levels, you’ll ride at your best and have the motorcycle riding adventure you’re looking for.
Till next time, ride safe!
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