Summer Riding: Sizzling Motorcycle Safety Tips

If summer is your favorite time to ride, we bet you’re already halfway out the door. But before you head out, Keltner Insurance wants to help you ensure you’re ready to ride safely in Memphis, TN, and beyond.

Why is summer a problematic time to ride?

The first thing that comes to mind is the heat. Our average summer temperatures hover around 90 degrees, not counting the humidity. The combination of heat and moisture can make a dangerous environment for motorcycle riders.

Motorcyclists are more likely to suffer heat-related ailments like heat exhaustion when riding during the hottest part of the day. That’s why they should avoid riding between early to mid-afternoon.

Rain is another common summer hazard. While we see less rain in the summer, even a small shower can be enough to cause your motorcycle to slip out from under you. Additionally, rain can affect your ability to see and react to traffic.

The best practice is to avoid riding in the rain, but sometimes that’s not an option. If you have to be out on the road, avoid sudden movements. Be extra cautious when braking and when you turn.

Some other tips:

  • Wear proper gear – It’s tempting to wear light clothing when it’s hot outside, but that’s a recipe for disaster. Not only do you put yourself at risk for serious injury, but you could also suffer severe sunburn. Luckily, you can find lightweight motorcycle gear that is functional and cool.
  • Inspect your motorcycle – This is especially important if you haven’t ridden in a while. Also, consider getting a tune-up at least once a year.
  • Check your insurance – It’s easy to accidentally let your insurance coverage lapse when you haven’t ridden in a while. Make sure you have coverage in place before you head out.

Let Keltner Insurance of Memphis, TN help you ride in peace with a policy that’s right for you. Contact us today!