Owning a motorcycle is a huge responsibility. Not only is your own life in your hands but so is the safety of your passengers and other drivers on the road. Of course, driving a motorcycle is a bit more dangerous than driving a car or other closed vehicle; however you still need to take the steps necessary to protect yourself as much as possible and avoid any fatality.
Walking into a motorcycle supply store can be overwhelming when you are a new rider, and you are considering what protective gear to buy. Below is a list of items needed and why they are so important for safety.
• Helmet – The helmet is perhaps the most important gear one can buy for riding. In a study of helmet use, it was proven that hundreds more lives could have been saved had they been wearing a helmet. The helmet should be a full face style and fit snug to the head, the strap should not be hanging loose on the chin.
• Leathers – This includes jackets, boots, and pants. Items are not always made of just leather, but come in Kevlar, and synthetic materials also. The jacket and pants protect the body from road rash and have extra padding in the elbows and knees. Some are even fitted with airbag technology that can prevent fatality. The boots keep the legs and feet safe and should be tough but lightweight for ease of shifting.
• Gloves – Protective gloves keep the hands and wrist safe, and help the driver keep grip on the handlebars.
• Goggles – Eye wear is pertinent to keep debris from flying into the driver’s eyes and causing an accident.
Many may feel that wearing all of this protective gear is too much. It’s true that the wind in your hair can feel very liberating. However when it comes to saving lives, it’s just not worth the risk. It is important to not only have the gear for yourself, but also for anyone who is riding along with you. Taking these personal safety precautions could be the one form of responsibility that keeps you and your loved ones alive, as well as other drivers on the street.