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07/10/2017
Riding under the sun might be your idea of fun, but if you don't prepare properly it can be very dangerous. This post will give you some pointers about riding your motorcycle and staying safe under the summer heat.

4 Ways to Ride Safe This Summer in West Islip

Summer means lots of sun. While it may be nice to enjoy the sunlight when you’re hanging out by a pool with refreshments and friends, it’s not so nice when you’re riding your motorcycle under its scorching rays. Why should the hot weather stop you from enjoying your motorcycle this summer? Just follow these easy pointers on riding safe and staying cool under the summer heat in West Islip that Amsoil4liny has for you.

Remain Hydrated

First things first: you need to remain hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion, which can happen when you’re exposed to high temperatures and often results in dehydration. You don’t want to feel exhausted and dehydrated while you’re riding your bike as this can cause you to risk your ability to control the machine. Heat exhaustion can be beat by drinking lots of water or sports drinks (to restore electrolytes). You can wear a hydration backpack with a drinking tube that can be used even while wearing a full-face helmet. Mind what you eat as well. Don’t eat a big steak that might later make you feel hot and sweaty. While we’re on the subject of hydration, keep your motorcycle hydrated with a synthetic oil change. Oil lubricates your bike and keeps it cool while protecting it from overheating. When you need to purchase your oil, be sure to get AMSOIL Synthetic Oil and stick only to motorcycle oil! If you’re not using AMSOIL yet, their 20W-40 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil is a good place to start. You can purchase it online or by calling Amsoil4liny at (888) 826-7645.

Wear Appropriate Apparel

A huge part of remaining cool while riding under the sun is wearing the correct apparel and gear. Start with a wicking base layer, something that absorbs sweat away from your skin. Sweat is our body’s way of regulating temperature. As it evaporates, it leaves the skin's surface a little bit cooler. Wicking base layers allow better cooling. Look for snug-fitting options that also provide compression for better circulation, since this will help you feel less tired. Alternatively, you can wear a cooling vest. A cooling vest is a vest filled with water-retaining beads that keep you cool. You just soak it in water, shake off the excess, and wear it under your riding jacket. There are also some vests that you can place in the freezer, which are better for places with high humidity. Summer is the time for shorts and flip-flops, but they don’t mix well with motorcycles. Accidents can happen and not wearing enough layers can make the injuries worse. Bring out your full-coverage riding apparel. That means wearing full-length gloves, pants, jackets, boots, and a helmet. Maybe try a one-piece mesh suit which can be worn over your regular clothes and is ideal for remaining cool and protected. It might seem counter-intuitive to wear many layers when you’re trying to keep cool under the heat, but they will help you protect your skin and avoid dehydration. Also, wear sunscreen on the bits of exposed skin to prevent sunburn.

Mind When and Where You Drive

The hottest part of the day is usually between noon and five PM, so try not to ride during those hours. If possible, plan to ride during the morning and early evening. Don’t unnecessarily expose yourself to the heat. Some states use tar-like materials to fill cracks on the roads, also known as tar snakes. Tar snakes can be very slippery when it’s hot, and they can also be very dangerous for motorcycles and their riders. Try to avoid them as much as  you can. If you can’t avoid them, treat them as you would railroad tracks.

Use Common Sense

All the preparation in the world won’t mean anything if you don’t use common sense while riding. If you start feeling dizzy or lightheaded, develop a headache or cramps, you’re probably overheated. Don’t ignore those signs, and be sure to stop on the next possible exit and rest until you’ve cooled down and rehydrated. You’re a danger to yourself and your fellow drivers if you’re not at your best. As for the road, don’t make the mistake of being overly familiar with the area you’re driving by. You might ride that road daily and know it like the back of your hand, but you never know if that day is the day that something will go differently. Maybe roadwork that you didn’t expect, an accident, or even road kill can be hazardous. Treat every road with the caution you’d use on an unfamiliar road.

All You Need for a Synthetic Oil Change in West Islip This Summer

Treat your motorcycle with care and respect and it will do the same for you. Your bike is also affected by the sun, so help it out with an AMSOIL synthetic oil change which will keep it cool and lubricated. You can find any lubrication product you need from synthetic oil and grease to antifreeze in AMSOIL’s online store. If you’d rather talk to a person for recommendations on choosing an AMSOIL product, call Amsoil4liny at (888) 826-7645 and stock up on everything you need for your synthetic oil change in West Islip.
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