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What safety gear should motorcycle riders wear?

If you are a motorcycle rider, it is important to maintain your personal safety with adequate protective gear. Whether you are commuting to a downtown job or simply enjoying the scenery of Pennsylvania's back roads, you may reduce your risk of injury by wearing the right clothing. While Pennsylvania law requires you to wear a helmet in some circumstances, other types of safety gear are vital as well.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation provides information about the state's motorcycle helmet law and other safety concerns for riders. In Pennsylvania, you must wear a helmet if you are under 21 years old. If you are over 21 years old, you must wear a helmet unless you have at least two years of riding experience. An alternative to meeting the experience requirement is taking a motorcycle safety course approved by PennDOT or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

According to state law, your helmet must meet certain specifications. You should choose a helmet that meets the United States Department of Transportation requirements, which you may verify by checking for a DOT sticker on the back of the helmet. Additionally, your helmet must have a permanent label describing the brand name, size, model and date of manufacture. Pennsylvania law also requires you to use protective eyewear.

Highway safety experts recommend additional safety gear besides a helmet and eyewear. You may protect yourself from skin abrasion and dehydration by wearing leather or heavy denim gear that covers your arms, legs and torso. Gloves help protect your hands. Wear shoes that cover your ankles. It is also a good idea to choose clothing that is brightly colored or reflective, as this may help make you more visible to other drivers.

This information about motorcycle safety gear is intended for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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