Always Prepared: Motorcycle Safety & Emergency Kits

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Motorcycle riders need to be in control of their safety each and every time they go out on their bike. Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in an accident than those in cars, and as of 2010, motorcycle fatalities were on the rise from the previous reporting year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Being a prepared rider means always taking advantage of available safety equipment and making sure those motorcycle bags have an emergency kit in them rather than just holding your personal items. With added care and preparation we can all work together to reduce, and hopefully someday eliminate, these horrific accidents.

Understanding Helmets & Why Not Wearing One is Not an Option
Unfortunately not all states in this country require that riders wear a helmet. Most of the states with slacked helmet regulations only allow experienced riders to go helmet less, but despite the option, you should never ride without a helmet. Live Free Ride Alive, a motorcycle safety advocacy, reported that riders who wear helmets are three times more likely to survive head injuries than those who do not use one. They further assert that most crashes occur at speeds less than 30 miles per hour and wearing a helmet in these slow-speed crashes can reduce both the number and severity of a head injury sustained by 50 percent.

Motorcycle Safety & Emergency Kits

Keeping Emergency Supplies With You
Just as someone driving a car would have certain items such as a jack and road flares, motorcyclists should ensure they have emergency situation supplies for all of the what-ifs. It is important to remember that no one plans on being involved in a crash, and therefore it would be naive to think that you were somehow immune or that it could never happen to you.

When preparing your emergency kit for your bike, you should include the following items:
-          A toolkit with Allen wrenches, wire cutters, pliers, and any other tools you may need for quick fixes.
-          Spare parts and lubes such as spark plugs, fuses, and chain oil.
-          A flashlight, especially if you will be riding at night. The flashlight will be much better for illuminating your bike than using your cell phone.

-          A tire repair kit for flats.
-          The ultimate fixer: duct tape.
-          A first aid kit with bandages, gauze, disinfecting ointment or cloths, and ointment for burns. To make it even easier, purchase a preassembled kit so you do not forget any important items.

You Need to Protect Yourself
It is important that you always remain diligent and proactive when it comes to your safety out on the road. Remember that always wearing a helmet and having emergency supplies in your motorcycle bags can make a major impact should the unexpected occur.
Ashely Wilson
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