The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcycle fatalities have risen dramatically in recent years—an increase of 6 percent between 2003 and 2012. Although it may seem like overkill, you should wear protective riding gear every time you ride—you never know when or where a motorcycle accident will happen. Wear the following for maximum protection:
Motorcycle Safety Gear
- A motorcycle helmet is the single most important piece of safety equipment you can wear to help prevent a serious head injury or death. Be sure to wear a well-fitting, comfortable motorcycle helmet that adheres to the U.S. Department of Transportation FMVSS 218 Standard and is certified by the Snell Memorial Foundation.
- Motorcycle boots provide protection for your feet, ankles, and calves. They protect against flying road debris and help reduce injuries when you fall over on your bike or are involved in a motorcycle accident. Be sure to wear a comfortable, sturdy pair of boots that go halfway up your calf and have a strong sole. They should also be waterproof to help keep your feet dry on wet days.
- Motorcycle gloves offer comfort and protection for your entire hand—palms, fingers, and wrists—in the event of a fall or traffic accident. Choose gloves that will be comfortable in any weather to ensure that you will wear them.
- Leather motorcycle jacket and pants, in addition to being fashionable, are the first line of defense in a crash. The material does not grab—it may even help you to slide instead of tumbling head over heel, thus reducing the severity of your injuries.
It is important to dress for the fall, not for the ride—even if you are only making a quick trip out to Kohl’s on East State Street. Wearing adequate motorcycle safety gear will provide the best possible protection against road rash, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and worse.
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