MSF Motorcycle Safety Foundation
We will have a series of blog posts relating to safe motorcycle riding tips; from what to wear to what to do when you have a stuck throttle. Today’s post will highlight what to wear when operating a motorcycle. Appropriate gear is essential to safe riding.
A helmet is one of the greatest items of protection you can use. When you purchase a helmet, make sure it fits properly. It should have a comfortable fit; neither too tight nor too loose. A full-face helmet provides the most security since it covers both your head and face. Here’s a fun fact: adult-sized motorcycle helmets sold in the US are required to have a sticker stating “DOT” which stands for Department of Transportation. The sticker means that the helmet meets fundamental standards. Thus, do not purchase a helmet without a sticker!
Proper eye protection indicates a pair of goggles, shatterproof glasses, or an approved shield on your helmet.
It is also important to wear a comfortable motorcycle jacket. Typically, motorcycle jackets are made in many durable materials such as nylon, corduroy, denim, and leather. However, leather provides the most security when it comes to scuffs and scratches.
Pants should be made of a thick material such as leather. Like a leather jacket, leather pants protect against scuffs and scratches.
You should always wear gloves. Your bare hands cannot endure abrasion in case of any accident.
Over-the-ankle boots are the best choice for footwear when operating a motorcycle.
You should always wear proper protection to reduce noise as you are driving such as ear plugs. Without proper protection, you are at risk for receiving permanent hearing damage.
High Visibility Gear:
You should wear brightly colored clothing instead of dark clothing so that you are visible to other drivers. Special vests which are intended to make it easier for others to see you are available for purchase. For driving at night, you can add reflective strips on your helmet and boots.