Top five tips for staying cool this summer

Blog post posted on 02/07/19 |

With the sun shining and bright blue skies, Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart head of driving and riding standards, has put together some riding advice to keep you safe this summer.

  • A lot of motorcycle jackets have thermal and waterproof layers. If it’s a hot day and they’re not needed, take them out to help you stay cool. Even better, purchase a summer jacket with vents to avoid overheating
  • If you’re going to be keeping your visor up, be sure to wear protective eye gear. Your helmet will also accommodate for this weather by having air ventilation. Do you know how to use yours? If not, it may be a good time to check
  • Don’t fall into the trap of being tempted to ride without gloves. They’re a must for any journey – short or long. You can buy protective gloves that allow air flow which will make your summer journey more comfortable
  • Are you still wearing your winter boots? Put these back in the cupboard and get yourself a pair of summer weight boots which are another great piece of kit for air ventilation
  • The warm weather and overheating can increases fatigue so make sure you stay hydrated and take regular breaks. In a car, we recommend stopping for a break every two hours, however on a motorbike you may need to stop more than this

Richard says: “Don’t be tempted to cut corners as you’re just as likely to fall off your bike in the summer as you are at any other time of the year. Investing in the right summer riding kit will allow air ventilation, meaning you can have a relaxed journey and enjoy the warm weather whilst it lasts.”


Notes to editors:

1.      Richard Gladman is IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards.

2.      IAM RoadSmart has a mission to make better drivers and riders in order to improve road safety, inspire confidence and make driving and riding enjoyable. It does this through a range of courses for all road users, from online assessments through to the advanced driving and riding tests. IAM RoadSmart is the trading name of all businesses operated by the UK’s largest road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and was formed in April 2016 combining the IAM, IAM Drive & Survive, PDS and IAM Driver Retraining Academy. The organisation has 92,000 members and campaigns on road safety on their behalf. At any one time there are over 7,000 drivers and riders actively engaged with IAM RoadSmart’s courses, from members of the public to company drivers, while our Driver Retraining Academy has helped 2,500 drivers to shorten their bans through education and support programmes.

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