ATV Riding in Extreme Heat
By Midwest Traction on August 18, 2017
Tips & Advice
Extreme weather poses a certain amount of risk for ATV riders, and hot weather is no different. If you are planning to ride in hot temperatures this summer, arm yourself with our useful tips.
Always check the weather, the heat index, and if it's too hot, do not ride. Midwest Traction does not encourage riders to put their health and safety at risk.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Drink more fluids, irrespective of your level of activity. Do not wait until you are thirsty. Gatorade or Smart Water are better choices as they replace vital minerals like potassium, chloride and sodium lost in sweat. Avoid drinking alcohol and beverages with high levels of caffeine or sugar, as these have diuretic properties.
Dress and Accessories
Helmets can turn into ovens in hot weather, but this does not negate their importance. Select a vented helmet, avoiding dark colors. Use breathable fabric, like cotton. These cool your body, allowing air in and sweat to evaporate. Protective, shielding eye wear is equally important. If you must wear gloves, select one that only covers your palms; this enhances grip during sharp corners..
Generously apply sunscreen before your ride. Riding with sunburn is no fun; all those bumps and jostles become excruciating when your skin is seared.
Avoiding Heat Sickness
Even with precautions, heat-related illness is possible. The common ones are heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat stroke is quite serious. If affected, sweating ceases, skin becomes dry, flushed and hot. Body temp rises above normal level, resulting in feeling faint and confused.
Heat exhaustion presents with disorientation, weakness, chills, dizziness, nausea, cramps, and a weak pulse. If you experience any of these conditions, stop your ride and find a shaded place to rest. Drink fluids slowly, and call for assistance.
To prevent heat-related illnesses, hydration and keeping cool are key. Be Safe, and enjoy your ride!