Wear the Proper Gear

  • Most crashes happen on short trips, less than five miles long and just a few minutes after starting. Most riders are riding slower than 30 mph when a crash occurs. At these speeds, helmets can cut both the number and the severity of head injuries by half.
  • No matter what the speed, helmeted riders are three times more likely to survive head injuries than those not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
  • Jacket and pants should cover arms and legs completely. They should fit snugly enough to keep from flapping in the wind, yet loosely enough to move freely. 
  • Boots or shoes should be high and sturdy enough to cover your ankles and give them support. Soles should be made of hard, durable slip-resistant material. Keep heels short so they do not catch on rough surfaces. Tuck laces so they won’t catch on your motorcycle.
  • Gloves allow a better grip and help protect your hands in a crash. Gloves should be made of leather or similar durable material.

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