Preparing to Ride a Motorcycle
Protective clothing and gear—including a DOT–approved crash helmet—can make a dramatic difference if an accident occurs. Protective clothing and gear play an important role in preventing injury and death in motorcycle accidents.
- No access to safety equipment in an accident. In an accident, you will likely be separated from the motorcycle. In that case, safety gear on the bike can’t protect you. For your protection, you should:
- Put on all your safety gear before starting and moving any motorcycle.
- Inspect your safety gear frequently.
- Crash helmet. Riders wearing a DOT–approved crash helmet are more likely to survive a motorcycle crash.
- Head injuries are a major cause of death in motorcycle accidents.
- Studies overwhelmingly demonstrate reduced injury of all types for riders wearing helmets.
- There are no compelling medical arguments against wearing a helmet.
- Helmets do not reduce visibility or hearing.
- Because a helmet’s function is to absorb the impact of a crash, it destructs significantly during a crash. Always replace your helmet if you’re in an accident.
- Eye protection. Wearing goggles or a full-face helmet safeguards you in two ways:
- Keeps debris from your eyes, preventing vision difficulty while riding that could result in accidents
- Protects your eyes from injury