One of the downsides of using a motorcycle is that you are exposed to all the elements. Heat, rain, and humidity are some of the conditions motorcycle riders have to adapt to in Singapore’s tropical climate. With hot weather more common this time of year, we are listing down some tips to keep you cool while riding your motorcycle.
Regardless of how long you plan to ride for, it is important that you stay hydrated. Direct exposure to the sun, high temperatures, and high humidity makes motorcyclists more vulnerable to dehydration. Dehydration can cause fatigue, dizziness, and lack of concentration. All of these symptoms make dehydrated riders a serious risk on the road because it can lead to slower reaction times and bad decision making. This is why staying hydrated on the road is crucial. Drink a glass of water before you go on your motorcycle. Always bring a water bottle or hydration pack with you to replenish fluids while riding. Avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea before you ride. Coffee and tea are diuretics which can lead you to lose vital fluids under the sun.
Wear Breathable Gear
ATGATT, or all the gear all the time, is still a must when riding under the sun. Although it might seem uncomfortably hot given the weather, riding gear keeps you protected on the road. Thankfully, you can easily find a lot of breathable protective gear in Singapore. Ventilated motorcycle helmets keep your head cool while protecting your head. But make sure that it conforms to Singapore Standard Specification to avoid getting fined by the Traffic Police. Riding without motorcycle gloves and knee guards will expose your hands and knees to scrapes and cuts should you get into an accident. Invest in gloves and knee guards that will not only keep these areas safe but are also well ventilated. Although seemingly unnecessary, riding jackets are still a must. It will reduce abrasions to your upper body should you get into an accident. Mesh jackets allow air to flow through so hot air is not trapped inside the jacket. Apart from your gear, breathable clothes will also help a lot in keeping you cool.
If you are taking a long ride, it’s important that you take breaks in between to cool off in the shade. Fatigue can slowly creep in when riding under the hot sun, even if you are hydrated. Take your time to drink some water, grab a snack, stretch your legs, and relax your back. It’s also a chance for you to refuel and inspect your motorbike. This will help you stay focused on the road for a safer ride.
These tips are just some of the things you can do to stay cool and safe in Singapore’s hot and humid weather. Do you have any other tips? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.
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