As a motorcyclist, you deserve the freedom and exhilaration that riding offers. Unfortunately, motorcyclists have a higher rate of fatal traffic crashes than other drivers. While passenger drivers have an obligation to watch out for other motorists, there are ways motorcyclists can further protect themselves.
According to the NHTSA, if you ride a motorcycle you face fatalities about 28 times more than a passenger vehicle. It is important to have the proper gear to protect yourself against an accident.
Cover your body
On a bike, you have no protection from the road. During an accident, many bikers suffer from road rash and other injuries from connecting with the pavement. Protect your arms and legs with clothing ahead of time. Choose heavy denim or leather. Not only does heavy clothing protect your skin, but it can also help protect against dehydration. Boots can protect your ankles and gloves can help you keep a grip on the bike so you can stay in control. Additionally, consider wearing bright clothes to stay fully visible to other vehicles.
Choose an appropriate helmet
Most know that the helmet is the most important part of your gear. Never wear the same helmet after an accident. Even if you see no visible damage, an accident compromises the structure. Look for a helmet that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation safety standards. When purchasing a helmet, look for the DOT symbol on the back of the helmet.
Before you ride, make sure there are no issues with your bike. Check the headlights, signal indicators, brakes, tire pressure and oil levels before hitting the road.