Preventing Dehydration

It’s something motorcyclists can easily overlook, but not keeping hydrated can cause loss of concentration, headaches, muscle fatigue, drowsiness and nausea; all of which can contribute to a collision risk.

Tips to prevent rider dehydration:

  • It takes time for water to reach your muscles so regular sips in the hours leading up to your ride is far more beneficial than just drinking a bottle just before you leave – this could give you stomach cramps.
  • Don’t underestimate the heat affecting your PPE. Leathers offer great protection in a crash, but take plenty of breaks and top up your body’s water levels throughout your ride.
  • Never be tempted to ride without your jacket. Your exposed skin will feel cooler as sweat evaporates, but that will only add to your dehydration.
  • Alcohol is a diuretic (it makes us urinate more than normal). Obviously, drinking alcohol before or during a ride is unacceptable, but please also think about any alcohol you’ve consumed the day before!
  • You might consider buying a hands-free water dispensing back-pack, but we don’t recommend sipping from a bottle or cup while on the move.
  • Take breaks regularly to rehydrate and remember that drinks high in caffeine also have a diuretic effect, so don’t overdo the triple shot expressos!
  • Water is the simplest way to hydrate. Too many sugary drinks could dehydrate you if sugar reaches high levels in your blood.
  • Without compromising safety, do all that you can to avoid becoming overheated and make sure you rest in shaded areas or cool cafés when you stop for a break.

Please remember this: in warm weather if you wait until you’re thirsty to take a drink of water, you’re already too late.

Wednesday, 06 September 2023