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Ride Safe USA Safety Tip : Skill and Gear Can Protect You
A helmet is the most important equipment a biker can use. In 2017, 1,908 motorcyclists who died were not wearing a helmet. Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries.
1)Chose a full-coverage helmet, it offers the most protection 2) Look for the DOT sticker, which guarantees the helmet meets safety standards required by law 3) Never buy a used helmet; helmets are useless after they've been worn in a crash
Remember this fact: A motorcycle crash is a violent event. More than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, according to NHTSA.
In addition to wearing a helmet:Choose a bike that fits you. Invest in antilock brakes. New riders should take a motorcycle safety course, and experienced riders should take refresher courses after being off their bikes for a while. Know the rules of the road. Be aware that riding with a passenger requires considerably more skill. Never drink and ride. Drive defensively, especially at intersections, where half of all collisions occur. Watch for hazards like potholes, manhole covers, oil slicks, puddles, debris, railroad tracks and gravel. Assume you are invisible to other motorists and position yourself to be seen. Use headlights day and night. Be courteous; don't weave in and out of lanes, or ride on the shoulder or between lanes. Don't speed. Wear bright and/or reflective clothing that is durable and boots that cover the ankles. Wear goggles, glasses or use a face shield that is ventilated to prevent fogging, and make sure it's clear if riding at night
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