Drinking and Riding Is A Good Thing To Do…but only if its water!
You are out riding and your throat is dry and you are thirsty. You need to listen to your body telling you it needs water!
Dehydration is loss of water and important blood salts like potassium and sodium. Vital organs like the kidneys, brain, and heart can’t function properly without a certain amount of water and salt.
Yes, it can happen to you. Yes it can happen while riding in cold winter months and in the upcoming summer months.
You many not even realize it is happening to you. Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, and lack of focus. All of these are big safety concerns.
Bikers sometimes avoid drinking too much so as not to interrupt the ride with bathroom stops. I’ve been on a ride and pulled over to drink water and wouldn’t ya know it others appreciated it but they didn’t want to be the one to stop first. Come on, if you’re riding like that you’re not riding to have fun. So don’t do that!! Breaks are good and help us to refocus and reenergize on our longer rides.
Some “experts” say that drinking one bottle of water for every two-three hours of riding time is a healthy ratio.
If you think you are dehydrated you can give yourself a pinch test. On the back of your hand pinch your skin and if it doesn’t go back in place drink some water!!!
Riding a motorcycle isn’t as physical an activity as walking or running. Being out in the sun, even on a cold winter day, sweating under our protective, cold weather leathers or riding in the heat of the summer sun and with the wind whipping past us can cause dehydration to any of us.
So the moral of this story is to DRINK YOUR WATER, RIDE SAFE AND HAVE FUN!
Safe Rides Always, Tina – HarleySkyAngel