Summer safety tips for motorcyclists

Happy old man biker
Happy old man biker
Author Michael Milbourn
Product Manager – Dairyland
June 24, 2024

Summer beckons motorcyclists with sunshine and scenic rides, but with warmer months come increased risks on the road. Hospital admissions for motorcycle accidents jump significantly, with nearly 38% occurring during these warmer months. Motorcycle accident-related fatalities also hit their annual peak, reaching nearly 44% compared to spring's 22%. These statistics highlight why prioritizing safety during summer rides is crucial.*

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To help ensure smooth and enjoyable summer rides, review these common riding hazards and tips to help navigate them.

Protect yourself on hot weather rides

Bright sun
Avoid peak sun hours whenever possible

Opt for early morning or evening rides when temperatures are cooler.

Biker jacket
Wear sweat-wicking gear

Choose well-ventilated riding gear that allows for maximum airflow. This can help regulate your body temperature and keep you comfortable.

Water in bottle
Listen to your body

Recognize the signs of overheating, such as fatigue, dizziness, or nausea. Don't hesitate to pull over and rest in a shaded area, or rehydrate with water or electrolyte drinks.

Make yourself visible

Light up your ride

Maximize your visibility with bright or reflective gear for both you and your motorcycle. Double-check that all your motorcycle lights, particularly the headlight, are functioning properly for optimal visibility both day and night.

Low visibility
Blind spot awareness

Large trucks and other vehicles have extensive blind spots, especially behind and to the sides. Stay alert and avoid lingering in these zones.

Summer-proof your ride

Hose for motorcycle
Belts and hoses

Heat takes a toll on your motorcycle, especially rubber components like belts and hoses. Inspect them regularly for signs of wear or cracking.

Tire pressure tool
Tire pressure

Maintain proper PSI according to your owner's manual. Remember, check tire pressure when tires are cool for the most accurate reading. Aim for mornings or a few hours after your ride.

Oil change can

High heat makes your engine work harder. Stay ahead of the game by regularly checking oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant levels.

Toolbox with screwdriver
Pack a toolkit

Carry a basic toolkit for roadside repairs. This could include essentials like wrenches, screwdrivers, and a tire pressure gauge.

Helmets and heat

Water droplet
Sweat management

Stay comfortable in the scorching summer heat with a helmet featuring a sweat-wicking interior. Many types of motorcycle helmets, even at affordable prices, now offer this feature.

Open modular helmet
Modular options

Consider a full-face helmet with ample vents. Modular helmets offer the best of both worlds: full-face security and the option to flip up the visor for increased airflow on long rides.

Motorcycle helmet washed
Cleanliness is key

Regularly wash the helmet's interior and blast vents with compressed air to help maintain proper airflow and a fresh ride.

Meets DOT approval
DOT approval

Always wear a helmet that meets DOT safety standards. There's no compromise on protecting your head.

Ride smart

Scales of justice
Know the laws

Stay informed about motorcycle laws in your state and locality, including insurance requirements.

35 miles per hour limit
Respect speed limits

Obey posted speed limits—it's not just about the law, it's about safety.

Alcohol prohibited
Ride with a clear head

Never operate a motorcycle while fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or other impairing substances. Your focus and reaction time are crucial for safe summer riding.

Motorcycle driving near cone
Sharpen your skills

Practice defensive riding techniques regularly. Consider taking a safety course to build your confidence and refine your skills for a safer summer season.

Motorcycle with safety shield
Stay protected on the road in every season.

Request a free motorcycle insurance quote today.

Motorcycle roadside assistance

Tow truck with motorcycle

Peace of mind comes standard with 24-hour motorcycle roadside assistance. Imagine a flat tire stranding you on a busy highway, or battery failure leaving you miles from home. Roadside assistance can help get you back on the road quickly with towing, jumpstarts, and even flat tire repair in some cases.

For a small addition to your motorcycle insurance policy, you can avoid the hassle and expense of finding help yourself, allowing you to focus on enjoying the ride. Talk to a Dairyland insurance agent near you today, or call 800-334-0090.

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