You need to wear protective clothing on motor scooters for one very simple reason, safety. Protective clothing can be the difference between life and death.
Just because motor scooters may not be as fast as motorbikes, doesn’t mean you don’t need to take similar levels of safety precautions. If you suffer a road traffic accident with a car, you have previous little protection in comparison. Therefore, it makes sense to be as careful as you can.
What protective clothing on motor scooters do I need?
- Helmet: Let’s start with an essential piece of protective equipment, A helmet is a genuine life saver. Anyone who has ridden a motorbike or scooter for a significant period is likely to have a horror road crash story, whether it involves them or someone else. In the event of an accident on a scooter, it’s almost inevitable you are going to be flung from your vehicle. From this point, you have next to no control over where, or how, you land. Protective helmets are built to withstand significant impact with hard surfaces. Your skull is not,
- Protective leathers: Whilst not as obviously essential as a helmet, protective leathers can go a long way to prevent cuts and grazes in the event of a road accident on a motor scooter. Alternatively, especially on hot days, you may prefer elbow and knee pads. Whichever you choose, you are sure to be grateful for them in the event of a crash. Tarmac is an unforgiving surface that can easily cause painful cuts and bruises to unprotected bodies.
- Gloves: As well as guarding against cuts and grazes should an accident occur, gloves also guard against the elements. Cold weather can cause a number of discomforting conditions, from mild numbness to frostbite. Wearing proper gloves whilst riding a motor scooter will go a long way to preventing these.
Of course, you can wear all the protective clothing on motor scooters you want, but accidents will still happen. Every time you head out on the road, you are dependent on both yourself and others for your safety.
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Date Published: March 8, 2017
Author: Accident Advice