When you think of dangerous jobs you automatically think the likes of riggers, roofer, fishermen etc and we’re betting not many think of motorbike couriers.
These knights of the road tear around cities to get items from A to B, weaving their way through the congested streets, no wonder so many come a cropper! Safety gear is vital in this job, and can make the difference between getting up and walking away or ending up in A&E. With that in mind we have come up with these tips on choosing the right motorbike safety equipment for couriers.
While the law states you must wear a helmet there are helmets on the market that will save your life and others that will crack like an eggshell if they suffer trauma. When shopping for your helmet only consider those which have scored highly on the ratings system known as SHARP. Look for 5 stars safety rating. Try the helmet on to ensure it fits snugly, there are no pressure points and that is doesn’t move once in position. A good chin strap is also vital.
Jackets & Trousers
These should be of top quality leather with a thickness of approximately 1.2mm in order to both give you protection in an accident and be comfortable to wear. Waterproof Cordura is highly recommended as you can adjust it to suit the weather. When you buy new biker check check for good quality stitching that should be double or treble, safe zips and inbuilt body armour. Clothes should always be tried on to ensure they are a perfect fit and even if they seem a real bargain avoid second hand gear as they could have disguised damage or weak spots that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
Strong gloves are vital for protecting the hands from both injury and the weather. Materials such as Cordutra and Gortex are recommended to keep your hands dry and warm and your motorbike gloves should also be as lightweight as possible to allow to to operate your bike controls easily. Look for gloves which have good quality stitching, cuffs and strong fixings to keep them firmly in place.
Did you know that 19% of biker admitted to hospital after an accident suffered from broken legs? Protect those lower limbs by wearing strong and sturdy boots constructed from quality leather that has a thickness of more than 2.5mm. Avoid metal toe caps and plates and go for stitched soles of approximately 4mm in thickness.
Motorcycle insurers also recommend that you wear bright safety equipment that is both reflective and fluorescent. You need to be as visible as possible at all times on the road especially in inclement weather conditions. These can be picked up relatively cheaply and are not made to protect you in an accident but to raise awareness of your presence. The most common comment from a car driver who has collided with a biker is “I didn’t see him!”, so wearing these will make sure everyone does.