Essential wear at all times. A helmet is the most vital piece of kit a rider can wear; it protects our head from any damage in a collision situation or a fall.
A helmet is formed of four basic components:
- The Outer Shell, made from reinforced fibres or polycarbonate. It’s tough, and is designed and intended to compress when it hits anything hard. This action disperses energy from the impact to lessen the force before it reaches your head.
- The Impact Absorbing Liner, inside the shell made of expanded polystyrene which works alongside the Outer Shell to spread the forces of the impact through the helmet material.
- The Comfort Padding, inside the helmet for the riders comfort.
- Retention Strap, keeps your head inside the helmet.
So as soon as you decide to leave the house you pick up your keys, along with it pick up your helmet.
Helmets also cuts down on the wind noise by your ear, the wind blast on your face, and also defects bugs and insects from your face.
Jackets and Pants are the safest as they have a greater resistance to tearing as compared to shalwar-kameez.
If you happen to fall at any point off a bike, your first reaction will be to protect yourself by putting your hands in front of you, and at speed your hands could quite easily be badly damaged. Gloves can help you protect your hands and knuckles from damage.
Leather shoes are preferred over any other, however trainers should be avoided at all times as they will disintegrate rapidly when your feet are used to stop the bikes. Slippers are definitely to be avoided.
At all times you must wear clothing that is highly reflective or visible, especially when riding at night. This will result in you being seen far easier by other road users, and could prevent an accident in bad light conditions.