Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke is very common in intense heat and can put you at increased risk of an accident on a motorcycle. Heat can hurt you, and can even kill you, if you’re out riding and not prepared for the challenges of intense heat you might encounter.
There are a few factors working against bikers when riding in extreme heat. At temperatures exceeding 93 degrees the convection effect intensifies the heat, forcing your body to work overtime by sweating to keep itself cool. But heavy sweating is often less noticeable on a motorcycle because it evaporates more quickly in the rushing air. You can be sweating profusely, dehydrating your body very quickly, and actually accelerating the effects of heat exhaustion – all without even noticing. To make matters worse, asphalt roads collect and radiate heat making the air above the highway even hotter than ambient temperatures. When you add that to the heat already being generated by your bike, it can become a recipe for heat injury very quickly.
Look out for the following heat stress injuries:
Heat Rash - red raised rash, impairs sweating and decreases effectiveness of sweating
Heat Cramps – muscle cramps, pains or spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs
Heat Exhaustion – moist, clammy skin, dilated pupils, dizziness, confusion, nausea, weak pulse, rapid breathing
Heat Stroke – dry, red, hot skin, pupils constricted, very high body temperature, dizziness, confusion, nausea, rapid pulse, unconsciousness
The key to preventing heat injury is preparation. Most often, heat injuries occur when someone is unprepared for the heat and tries to ride through it. To make sure you stay safe on the hot road this summer, check out these tips for riding in extreme heat.
Take heat injuries seriously and think about prevention before every single ride. Unfortunately, even the safest rider can have a motorcycle accident. If you have been injured in a motorcycle wreck in North Carolina or South Carolina, Karney Law can help you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. Set up a free consultation today by calling our office at 877-376-7982 or filling out our easy online contact form.