Riding a motorcycle is risky; in fact, that’s part of its attractiveness. When joyriding on a Harley, racing on an inline-four, or cruising on an Easy Rider it’s hard not to feel like a…well, let’s use the word “rebel.” However, just because motorcycles don’t have the safety equipment of other vehicles, that doesn’t mean that you can’t protect yourself (while still looking and feeling like James Dean or Jax Teller).
A simple wardrobe change is all you need to significantly decrease your chances of suffering painful and life-altering injuries. So, before you hit the road next, make sure you’re dressed for rebellious success.
Motorcycle Safety Gear You Should Never Be Without
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the federal government estimates that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to sustain catastrophic and fatal injuries than car accident victims. However, many of these injuries can be lessened or even completely avoided with proper protective gear. The most important safety gear includes:
- Helmets. Although not all 50 states require helmet use, wearing a helmet can drastically decrease your otherwise sickeningly high risk of painful facial abrasions and catastrophic head, brain, and neck injuries. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that helmets decrease head trauma injuries by 69 percent and head and brain injury fatalities by 37 percent.
- Eye protection. If your helmet doesn’t already have eye protection built in, proper eyewear should be used to help prevent debris from scraping your eyes. In addition to protecting your eyeballs, goggles can also help keep dust, sunlight, and wind from impairing your vision, so you’ll be better equipped to see an accident before it occurs.
- Durable layers. Leather, ballistic nylon, or tear-resistant jackets and pants can act as a second layer of skin to protect your body from scrapes and severe road rash. Instead of your skin flaying off, your clothing will tear while protecting your body from damage.
- Heavy-duty gloves. Gloves provide extra grip on your handlebars and will help decrease your chance of accidentally letting go or slipping. They also provide protection against road rash and abrasions.
- Boots or durable footwear. Heavy boots protect your feet and ankles from scrapes while also helping to provide better traction when you stabilize your bike by putting your foot down.
Is the Dress Code Worth It?
Given the potential risks of going without proper safety gear, will you sacrifice a little image to secure your safety? Although your friends may think it’s uncool to ride with a helmet, will you go against peer pressure to protect your future? Or do you think wearing safety gear is pointless?
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