Why wearing the right kit matters
Lianda Barnes, Partner and specialist solicitor in Motorcycle Law, discusses why wearing the right kit matters for Scottish Biker Magazine in their July edition.
Wearing the right gear keeps you safe and matters as much as having a properly serviced bike. It can make the difference between bumps and bruises or injuries that could stop you riding again.
Properly fitting gear means you stay comfortable, warm and dry, helping you to fully enjoy your ride without getting distracted. I often see insurers argue that compensation for injuries should be reduced because the rider wasn’t wearing appropriate kit. We all know that choosing the right gear is important. It can save your life.
Make sure your helmet fits properly and is secured. Always secure the helmet properly using the chin strap. Even with a good fit, a helmet that is not properly fastened is likely to come off.
Don’t buy a second hand helmet – replace after an accident. Damage to protective materials inside can be hidden. A helmet should be replaced after an accident. Always try a helmet on before you buy. There should be no tight spots or pressure points. Helmets providing full-face coverage with strong chin pieces are effective in reducing facial injuries.
Gloves protect hands from blisters, wind and cold and help prevent cuts, bruises and abrasions in an accident. Get gloves that fit properly. This will improve your grip on the handlebars. If your gloves are too loose or too thick, you may have problems operating the controls of your motorcycle. If they are too tight, circulation will be restricted. Change your gloves to suit weather conditions. Lightweight gloves may be more comfortable in summer while heavier and lined ones are available for additional protection from winter cold.
Boots are available in a range of designs and can be bought to match your bike or other safety gear. Good quality leather and waterproof above-the-ankle height and sturdy boots will provide valuable support and protection against foot and ankle injuries. Consider buying boot covers for riding in wet weather. These can help keep your feet dry and may offer reflective piping to help ensure you are seen when visibility is low.
Shop wisely, make sure your purchase is fit for purpose and is the right fit for you specifically.
Choose wind-resistant, waterproof and high visibility clothing. It is important do everything you can to be seen on the roads.
Enjoy the freedom of biking but protect yourself. Use protective gear every single time you ride and remember light, bright colours can help other road users see you.