4 Ways PPE Can Save Your Life on a Motorcycle - MTC Minute
4 Ways PPE Can Save Your Life on a Motorcycle
One critical aspect of motorcycle safety is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Here are four ways wearing PPE can help protect you or someone you care about when riding a motorcycle:
- Abrasion Mitigation: Avoid Road Rash with the Right Materials - Materials like leather, aramid fibers, or heavy denim can make all the difference when it comes to protecting your skin from abrasions. Aramid fibers are especially recommended, as they provide excellent abrasion resistance and are easier to maintain.
- Impact Mitigation: Protect Your Body from Traumatic Injuries - PPE like helmets, back protectors, knee and hip armor, and ankle-high boots can help reduce the risk of impact injuries in motorcycle accidents. These can range from broken bones to lacerated organs and even Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Investing in quality PPE can be the difference between life and death.
- Weather Mitigation: Stay Dry and Comfortable in Any Condition - PPE can also protect you from harsh weather conditions. Materials like Gore-Tex and perforated fabrics can keep you dry in the rain and snow while still allowing your body to breathe.
- Body Temperature Regulation: Avoid Overheating or Hypothermia - Selecting the appropriate PPE can help regulate your body temperature, preventing issues like heat stress, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke in hot weather, as well as hypothermia in cold weather. Stay comfortable and safe no matter the climate.
Wearing appropriate PPE when riding a motorcycle is crucial for reducing the severity of injuries and potentially saving lives. As a coach, it's your responsibility to educate and encourage riders to invest in high-quality PPE and wear it every time they hit the road. By doing so, you can help ensure the safety and well-being of the motorcycle community.