Lots of motorcyclists in Virginia and North Carolina wait anxiously through the winter months for exactly the type of weather we have now: warm and sunny. And when the weather turns, thoughts also turn to road trips and vacations. Of course, it’s not only motorcycle riders that are thinking about hitting the road, but lots of other drivers too. Increased road traffic holds a special importance for cyclists because of increased risk. For your protection, here are is a list of essential safety apparel:
- A Good Helmet. Choose one that’s DOT approved (there should be a sticker) and fits well, neither too tight nor too loose. Most importantly, be sure to wear it. North Carolina and Virginia both have mandatory helmet laws, as do many other states.
- Riding Jacket. Leather is almost always a good choice because of its built-in durability. Some synthetic materials have been proven just as durable, and you may find that they better suit your personal style. For even greater protection, choose a jacket with strategically-placed pads. Finally, many jackets also come in vented versions to help keep you cool.
- Gloves. In the event of a mishap, you definitely want your hands protected. And even though it’s warm during the day this time of year, you may find yourself somewhere that is cooler in the evenings, and you won’t regret having some good gloves.
- Boots. Don’t boots and bikes just go together? Boots that come up over the ankles provide the best protection, while lugged soles (as opposed to smooth ones) will help you keep your grip when you’re on an incline or a wet surface.
Of course another great way to protect yourself is with motorcycle insurance from Insurance Doctor. We offer cyclists in Virginia and North Carolina motorcycle insurance at great rates. Contact us today for a free quote.