Summer Riding - Hazards To Watch Out For
It's the season that having a bike was made for… as the temperatures start to rise and the days are longer we all get a chance to really make the most out of riding a motorcycle. Now it's easy to think that with the more consistent weather, the roads are safer to ride. Whilst it may be a little easier than riding in the winter, there are still some key hazards that present themselves in the warmer weather that every new rider should be aware of.
1. More Drivers on the Road
Now, this may seem like an obvious one but as much as we like getting out in the sunshine on our bikes… so does everyone else as they head off on their summer holidays. Expect a surplus of caravans and tourists who may not know where their going and therefore may make sporadic moves. Just give everyone a little more space and keep your wits about you.
2. Greasy Road Surface
This is more relevant when the temperatures really ramp up but it's worth keeping in mind. A lot of the muck, dirt and spillages such as fuel and oil can emerge from the road surface and which can be very slippery. This is most relevant in busy areas where traffic is likely to start and stop a lot, junctions and roundabouts for instance.
3. Other Motorcyclists
Now as a new rider it can be a great feeling when you come across other riders and during the summer months it will be fairly common to find yourself tagging along with a group of other riders. It's easy to try and follow/keep up with the group but you must remember that you don't know the ability of these riders and they could be riding a lot faster than you’re capable of. There have been many accidents where people are riding beyond their ability and it ends badly. Remember just to take your time and ride at your own pace.
Always remember your lifesaver checks when overtaking as there may be another rider attempting to overtake that you may not have seen.
4. Glare - Tinted Visors/Sunglasses
One thing you’ll want to make sure you have is either a tinted visor or a pair of sunglasses. You will find a lot of glare bouncing off surfaces such as car windows and even the road surface at times so having a good pair of sunglasses will help keep you safe and will help keep you from straining your eyes.
Be aware of brighter sunsets in the evening, other road users may find it harder to see motorcycles with the sun in their eyes.
5. Keep An Eye On Your Tyres
Now this is just an all round good thing to do no matter what time of year it is. Keeping an eye on the condition of your tyres will be a sure way to keep you safe. Remember to check your tread throughout the tyre.
Through the summer months its worth double checking your tyre pressure too. The variety of heat levels can impact the longevity of your tyre. If your pressure is too high the tyre can expand in the heat and cause a possible blow out.
With the increase traffic load there may be more debris on the road which could cause severe damage to your tyres so just keep your eyes peeled and stay safe.
Now these are just a few points to be aware of. Of course there are few better things that heading out on the road with your friends on a beautiful summers day. If you need some inspo on locations to head out to check out our blog on our favourite bike destinations here.