All those who have been riding for years, will tell you, it is important to protect yourself, and to learn to measure the risks while riding. If it is tempting, especially for young drivers, and when the weather is right, to ride on your two-wheeler with your hair in the wind, the first accident could well have very bad consequences. That’s why you need to know how to equip yourself for the job: adapted shoes, gloves that protect your hands from the cold and wind, protective pants, and a reinforced motorcycle jacket in case of a fall.
Choose a suitable motorcycle jacket
It is important to choose equipment that is adapted to your morphology, your needs and conditions. A large motorcycle jacket will be useful to all motorcyclists, regardless of their size: the more covered you are, the less likely you are to be injured in the long term. This is the best way to protect most of your body in the event of a fall, since it is your torso that may touch the first ground.
Motorcycle jackets are designed to protect the entire body, through plates placed in specific locations. Unfortunately, they cannot cover most of your body, leaving your hands exposed, for example, if you do not wear gloves, but they do protect what they cover effectively.
That’s why choosing a large motorcycle jacket is effective. The adjustment of your motorcycle equipment has nothing to do with your safety; it’s more about body coverage.
How can a motorcycle jacket protect you in case of an accident?
Motorcycle jackets do not consist of a large rigid plate that protects the body, but rather are scattered with strategically placed plates to spare your limbs as much shock as possible.
For example, on a conventional motorcycle jacket, protective plates are placed mainly on the elbows and shoulders, which are two of the most likely members to be first on the ground. The rest of the body is protected by the thickness of the jacket, to best prevent cuts and other abrasions.
Motorcycle pants and gloves do the same, protecting your wrists and knees to prevent you from breaking your joints on a bad fall.
Some safety rules
It is possible to prevent falls rather than simply protect yourself from them. If wearing a helmet and protective equipment is still mandatory or strongly recommended, you should try these behaviors on the road.
- Do not pass by the right: for anyone with a license, this rule seems obvious, yet accidents caused by a person passing by the right are more frequent.
- Be aware of the unconsciousness of others: even if you know the Highway Traffic Act by heart, pretend that other road users have really forgotten what allowed them to get their permits.
Sometimes, in a hurry, or with years of driving behind you, some rules of conduct tend to be ignored. Don’t take anything for granted, and be observant.
- Proximity = danger, especially between you and cars. It is your health that is at risk in the event of an accident, that of car drivers much less. It is therefore important that you be extremely careful about the behavior of others, and that you have time to react in case of mistakes on the road.