What to wear
When riding, wearing proper gear is crucial in protecting against serious injury. Riders should protect their:
- Head: a helmet protects head and neck injuries and is the most important piece of protective gear that a rider can wear. Helmet use reduces the risk of brain injury by 67 percent.
- Eyes: covering the eyes with goggles or a full face helmet is ideal to avoid blurred or impaired vision.
- Hands: to avoid harsh abrasions as well as extreme temperatures, wear gloves that are made of a durable material.
- Arms and legs: even during warm temperatures, riders’ arms and legs should be completely covered.
- Feet: sturdy boots or shoes that cover the ankles should be worn while riding.
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Proper riding and accident avoidance
- In addition to wearing the proper safety gear, it’s important to make yourself as visible as possible when riding. Wearing reflective clothing helps other drivers see you while on the road.
- Be sure to always use your signals when changing lanes. As with any motorist on the road, it’s important to communicate with other drivers.
- Keep your distance from other drivers. This increases response time in case of any unforeseen problems.
- One out of every five motorcycle crashes results in head or neck injuries (Motorcycle Operator Manual 2012).
- Most riders are riding slower than 30mph when a crash occurs. At these speeds, helmets can cut both the number and severity of head injuries by half (Motorcycle Operator Manual 2012).