Riding a motorcycle is certainly fun, but it's not without its risks. Unfortunately, other motorists often overlook the presence of motorcyclists on the road, with sometimes devastating results. While you can't always prevent an accident from happening, you can take the proper steps to protect yourself. Accordingly, AARP recommends wearing the following items every time you ride.
Regardless of the laws where you live, helmets are lifesavers when riding a motorcycle. Make sure the helmet you choose is Department of Transportation-approved and offers allover coverage. This is especially important when it comes to the eye area, which is why many helmets have face shields. If you opt for an open-faced helmet, pick up a pair of goggles with shatter resistant lenses. Make sure you also have a pair with UV protection for daytime riding.
Never wear open-toed shoes or flip-flops when riding. Instead, look for boots with good ankle support so you can maneuver easily. Boots should also have non-slip soles. This is a must to get a firm grip on the ground when stopping. Boots should be made from rugged material to offer the highest level of protection. Look for leather boots that are specifically designed for motorcyclists, as these are often the most durable.
Jackets and pants should also be made from rugged material. This includes things like leather and synthetic materials that can withstand a lot of wear and tear in the event of a crash. You can also look for reinforced clothing, which includes protective panels to ensure you remain protected. In terms of style, you want something that easily signals your presence to other drivers. Bright, reflective materials are key in this case, especially when driving at night.