There are motorbike accidents happening on various roads within the UK, every day. Whether it be because of careless driving, bad weather or for various other reasons – it’s essential that bikers are equipped with the proper equipment and gear to ensure their safety on the roads.
It’s unfortunate that many of those on motorcycles are under the impression that a serious incident would never happen to them and will risk skipping corners on their safety. When, in fact, whilst motorcyclists account for only one per cent of road users, they actually make up for over 25 per cent of the serious injuries on the road.
Recently, Highways England set out to team up with schemes such as BikeSafe and Biker Down which help to highlight the hazards that motorcyclists need to look out for and what they can do in a case of serious injury or emergency. With the hopes of reducing the number of people who are seriously injured or suffer a fatality during a motorbike accident by 40 per cent by 2020, Highways England are also targeting younger riders with their Distressed campaign.
The campaign was in the form of a pop-up shop, where young riders where invited in. Like most, they chose the more fashionable items on the rail. It wasn’t until they looked at the price, that they were shocked to their core. Instead of normal UK currency, the price tags presented the young riders with the true cost of not wearing protective clothing. Some ‘two broken ribs’ to ‘major skins grafts’ and ‘a summer catching up on college’. It sparked an emotional and real response in the riders and hopefully the video will with you too.
So, what are the main pieces of protective clothing you should be wearing on your motorbike? Like a dive, let’s start with the head first.
A must have essential when riding. Make sure not to just get a second hand helmet as it needs to be properly fitted to your head. Helmets from Arai, AGV and Shark are some of the many different brands that supply safe and sturdy headwear for bikers.
Protecting your neck from the elements is more important than you may think. When riding in colder weather a scarf or balaclava can help from losing vital body heat as you wouldn’t want the cold to set in and for you to lose focus whilst on the road.
Protective Jacket with back protector
Ideally, a jacket that comes with a back protector would be perfect. The jacket should also be bright in colour, for visibility and be made of an abrasion-resistant, waterproof, breathable material which is loose enough that you can comfortable wear clothes underneath – but not to the extent that it wouldn’t stay on if you were to suffer a fall.
This is another piece of clothing that is best to be tried on and professionally fitted. A jacket with zips at the hems will add extra protection in a crash as they will stop the jacket from rising. Additionally, be sure that the jacket is equipped with elbow padding, or you can purchase some to slide in place.
This is a piece of protective clothing that no serious rider should be without. It’s a fact that your kidneys aren’t protected by any bone structure and are therefore more susceptible to damage upon impact. A kidney belt can be put in place to protect this sensitive part of your body.
A decent pair of thick leather gloves will be ideal for protecting your hands and wrists. Whilst safety is essential so is purchasing a pair that you can actually execute movement in. When buying your gloves try to unzip a jacket or pick things up. The gloves should be thick and have protection on the back in the form of plastic or Kevlar material – as well as reflective panels to help with visibility.
You have so many different options when it comes to choosing your perfect pair of protective trousers. There are some that look like denim and some that look like racing leathers. Whichever you choose, they should come with hip and adjustable knee protectors. The resealable pockets are another part of the protective wear that you should be able to easily operate with your gloves. Be sure to check this. Waterproof and breathable fabric is perfect for you to wear across all seasons.
Boots that allow you to have ultimate control over your bike are obviously what you will be looking for. Not just the durability of the boot but basic features like a suitable arch support and ankle support is key safety and comfort. The boots should also come with toe protection, not just for crashes but to stop the boot from wearing away in gear shifts.
Equipping yourself well before embarking on a motorcycle journey is key to your safety. It can also help to prevent any serious or catastrophic injuries on the roads.
If you have been seriously injured on the road an require representation or advice, we could help you. Get in touch with our expert team at Lysander Law today.