With the hot weather almost certain to return before summer is out, Area Service Delivery Manager Pete Doherty reminds us of the importance of good hydration - particularly for motorcyclists, when ‘breathable summer biking kit’ still means everything from helmet to boots, gloves and a plethora of elbow, knee, shoulder and back armour.
His top tips for staying hydrated were learned from Dr. Eric Saunderson, a National Observer, Masters (Distinction), Masters Mentor and Fellow (F1RST), when Pete was delivering off-road motorcycle training in Nepal and wanted some advice that he could share with his students.
His advice – which, while particularly relevant for motorcyclists in relevant safety gear, applies to both bike riders and car drivers - is as follows:
Cases & symptoms
Prevention and treatment
Pete added: “As motorcyclists, we really do need to keep on top of hydration – as opposed to keeping on top of dehydration, when it may be too late to make a difference. This particularly extends to any friends, family or Associates with whom we are riding and who are new to motorcycling. They may not realise the effects of wearing all the kit, so it is important they are taught to recognise – and react - when they have not had enough fluid intake.
“So, please drink plenty and often, and carry more water than you think you may need. And in the immortal words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus from Hill Street Blues ‘Let’s be careful out there!’”
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