Do You Want to Improve Your Safety When Riding Motorcycles? Then Grab These Six Must-Have Safety Essentials
Motorcycle riders are no strangers to the fact that they are at serious risk of death or catastrophic injury or even death if they are involved in a motorcycle accident. Those who shrug and say that there is nothing they can do about it should be aware of the following six types of safety gear, which can prove life-saving in an accident.
- A DOT-Certified Helmet It is required by California law that anyone on a motorcycle wears a helmet. However, just having any helmet is not enough. It would be best if you had a helmet that is strong, yet lightweight, and that has been certified by the Department of Transportation. It may cost as much as $400, but it could save your life and is worth the investment. Full-face helmets offer optimal protection but if you are not going to wear this type of helmet, you should at least wear a ¾ helmet.
- A Jacket You need a motorcycle jacket that has abrasion resistance. The best ones are made of leather and then reinforced with mesh. These materials do not shed when the wearer hits the pavement.
- Motorcycle Boots The Centers for Disease Control report that 30% of non-fatal motorcycle accidents involve injuries to the legs and/or feet. Leather motorcycle boots can protect ankles and crush injuries. There are also boots with padded armor discs, reinforced toe boxes, and ultra-thick soles to further protect you.
- Motorcycle Gloves There are many types of motorcycle gloves on the market, from suede to full-grain leather to mesh. You will find that most have reinforced knuckle and palm armor for even more safety. Gloves can help protect your hands from injury due to road rash and the elements.
- Motorcycle Pants Jeans will shred the second you hit the pavement – which can increase your chance of being involved in a severe accident. When shopping for motorcycle pants, look for a material like Kevlar that is made to be abrasion-resistant. You will find many newer textiles that are rip and tear-proof. If you want jeans, look for jeans that are lined with Kevlar.
- A Reflective Vest Every motorcycle rider should have a reflective vest to wear over their motorcycle jacket. It can help them be visible at night and at dusk – which is when many accidents occur.