In addition to looking boss, motorcycle jackets are a helpful protective feature for riders. By covering up your body with thick, tear-resistant material, they can help reduce the severity of injuries in the event of a crash. Sure, the type of impact that can break your arm isn’t going to be remedied by a jacket sleeve. But if you ever fall off a motorcycle, good protective clothing can go a long way in reducing scrapes and scratches from the road.
Most vehicles are equipped with airbags. This life-saving safety feature works by inflating immediately upon impact during a crash. It creates a nice air cushion to block the driver from slamming into the steering column or windshield. Most newer cars also have airbags for the passenger seat. Just know that children and the elderly should not sit in the front seat while the airbag is enabled, as the force of inflation could injure them. It’s too much of a good thing.
Protect your noggin! Whether you’re on a bicycle or motorcycle, it’s really critical to wear an appropriate helmet. Even though adults aren’t always required to wear helmets, they do so much for riders’ safety that it would be absurd to pass on the ol’ brain bucket. Just wear one. Helmet hair is infinitely better than losing your life in a collision.
There are plenty of reasons why you should wear your seatbelt. For example, people who aren’t buckled up are 30 times more likely to be thrown out of a vehicle during a crash. If you go flying out of your seat, you’re less likely to survive a crash and more likely to sustain serious injuries. Put on your seatbelt before every drive, no matter how short or long it will be, and insist that your passengers do the same. It’s a wise habit, and it’s legally required of you. So there’s that.