Motorcycle Safety Equipment
According to national statistics, approximately 37% of passenger motor vehicle accidents result in injury or death while 83% of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death. Upon impact with a vehicle or an obstacle on the road, a motorcyclist is likely to be thrown from the bike and sustain serious injuries or, possibly, death. These percentages are not as shocking when comparing the safety features in passenger vehicles to motorcycles. The main differences between cars and motorcycles are the:
- passenger compartment in cars that insulates the driver and passengers
- seat belts and airbags in cars that restrain and cushion occupants against impact
Safety Equipment List
Personal protective equipment is extremely necessary in protecting a motorcyclist from injury. At a minimum, a motorcyclist needs the following personal protective equipment:
- Helmet – It should meet Federal helmet standards.
- Gloves – They should be full fingered and made of leather, Cordura, or Kevlar.
- Jacket – It should be made of leather, ballistic nylon, Cordura, or Kevlar; it should also be made with extra padding to protect joints.
- Pants – They should be made of leather, ballistic nylon, Cordura, or Kevlar; it should also have extra padding to protect joints.
- Boots – They should cover the ankles.
- Goggles or Helmet Visor – They are important because they keep debris from entering the eyes at high speeds.
- Vests – They should be made with reflective material and high visibility colors.
Along with wearing the correct safety equipment, riders need to understand the different motorcycle rules, take appropriate training courses, and know how to properly react if something unexpected should happen while on the road.
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