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Summer hazards for motorcyclists

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If you take your motorcycle out in the summer, you are not alone. The number of motorcycles on the road tends to increase as the weather warms up. But it is also a dangerous time to ride your motorcycle. Summer is actually the deadliest season for motorcyclists.

That does not necessarily mean you should shy away from enjoying your bike in the warmer months. But you should certainly be aware of the unique hazards you face and prioritize your safety. Here are some reasons why there are so many motorcycle crashes in summer and what you can do to stay safe.

Unaware drivers

Motorists are generally not looking out for motorcycles, so you must be mindful of this reality. Be as visible as possible by wearing bright or reflective clothing. Make sure your movements are predictable, and do your best to stay out of blind spots. 

Teen drivers

When school gets out for the summer, you may encounter more young motorists with little-to-no experience behind the wheel. This lack of experience and questionable judgment puts everyone at risk. If you notice a young driver near you, try your best to keep your distance. 

Out-of-town drivers

A lot of people choose to take vacations during the summer. For some, this means going on a road trip or renting a car. You may find yourself sharing the road with motorists unfamiliar with the area. Watch out for tourists driving rental cars or motorists with out-of-state plates.

Tire blowouts

Hot temperatures can wreak havoc on tires, including the ones on your motorcycle and every other vehicle around you. When tires heat up, they can expand and explode. Check your tires regularly, especially if there is a heat wave coming. 

Excess heat and sun

Riding in intense heat can cause you to suffer heat exhaustion, which can result in fatigue, dizziness and nausea. These symptoms can prevent you from riding safely. Protect yourself from the sun, bring extra water and take pit stops to avoid heat illness.

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