Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to suffer a fatal accident than drivers of passenger cars. It’s not a surprise that motorcycles are more dangerous, but what many people don’t know is that wearing the proper protective gear while biking can be the difference between injury and death. Let’s take a look at some of the items that can keep you safe.
Every time you get on your bike, even if only for a few minutes, it is crucial that you don a helmet. In fact, nearly half of all motorcycle-related fatalities resulted from the lack of a helmet. A helmet that meets the Department of Transportation safety standards (and the Snell Memorial Foundation for even more protection) is designed to protect your head and face from impact. Helmets should fit snugly and contain a face shield for improved vision on the road.
Bikers don’t wear leather jackets for the fashion statement, although it is the universal sign of a “tough guy.” The notion of bikers wearing leather developed out of the necessity for enhanced protection. The thick material doesn’t “grab” like many fabrics, which reduces the chance of injury after a fall. Rather than tumbling, a biker in leather is more likely to slide. Additionally, leather jackets protect the skin from getting scraped up.
Kick off the sneakers and lace up a pair of motorcycle boots. These boots are designed to protect your feet and lower legs from the elements, while the thick rubber sole provides traction on the asphalt. Many of these boots are reinforced in critical areas like the ankle bones, as well as made of weather-proof materials to add as much protection as possible.
For motorcyclists who want extra protection, body armor made of foam or impact-resistant plastic is commercially available. It’s designed to be worn underneath clothing. You can also wear motorcycle gloves to protect against the elements and from any injuries associated with the instinctive motion of putting your hands forward while falling.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes to get the coverage you need. Call Danback Insurance Agency at 512-454-4567 for more information on Austin motorcycle insurance.