Statistics have claimed in the last twenty years that riding a motorcycle is considerably more dangerous than driving a car. In recent years, the number of deaths and accidents has risen on the road, due to the increase of vehicles and other outside influences. Driving a motorcycle is without a doubt a little dangerous, yet, most serious accidents are avoided by wearing the correct government regulated protective equipment.

Protective equipment is used to protect the individual from damage by accidents on and off the road. It’s vital that at all times that this equipment is in a usable state when driving a motorcycle, otherwise, it may not protect you. Protective equipment is there so that the motorcyclist is:

(1)Visible to others;

(2)Increase visibility of surroundings;

(3)To protect the motorcyclist’s body by wearing tough abrasion resistant protective gear;

(4)To protect the body from impact;

(5)Protecting self from the elements, such as wind, rain, and the sun, which could affect visibility and in consequence cause a crash.

Besides these essential criteria government regulated safety gear also provides full on protection against too hot and cold conditions, allowing the driver to feel comfortable.

A motorcyclist will need to by law wear most of the safety equipment; yet, some are optional and will protect other parts of your body.  By law, a motorcyclist must wear a motorcycle helmet – these come in full, half and ¾ sizes – yet it is always best to opt for the full helmet as in most accidents the chin area is prone to damage.  A useable visor must have high visibility, be undamaged and certainly must not be scratched. A perfectly clear visor will not only protect your eyes from dirt and stop your eyes watering from the wind but will allow you to see the road properly.

When considering the jacket and trousers, most riders opt for black leather, however, despite its ‘cool’ image, it’s not exactly road-friendly. Black is after all not very visible, so to be precautious, purchase high visibility clothing, which is usually made of the protective material Kevlar. Or if you still want to wear leather, purchasing a high visibility vest can solve visibility problems. Gloves are another necessary piece of equipment. These must be biking gloves, which are specially made with extra grip and may be adapted to protect the wrist and the knuckles. Special boots, with a rubber sole, are used by motorcyclists in order to grip the brakes properly and to protect the foot by use of reinforcements and steel toe caps.

It’s integral to motorcyclists, other drivers and pedestrian’s safety that motorcyclists use all the prescribed protective gear. If you’re interested purchasing protective gear, such as motorcycle helmets have a look at what have on offer.


Source by Marie Coles