New to the exhilarating motor sport world? Good! There is much to learn but as the saying goes… “safety first!”
The Importance Of Safety Gear.
There is a wide variety of motor sport safety gear to wear. We are fortunate enough that someone thought “You know what, I’m going to invent something to prevent my body from harm”. Even the worlds greatest daredevils take precautions.
Riding an ATV, dirt bike, UTV etc… can be very dangerous. They accelerate quickly and some can weigh up to 700lbs or more depending on what you are driving. The possibilities of being seriously injured are vast! This is why wearing gear is important, its entire existence is to try to prevent serious injuries.
Below you’ll read a brief description of some safety equipment.
The Helmet – Protecting Your Head.
It’s not rocket science to know that anyone who drives an off-road vehicle should be wearing a helmet. That’s firsthand nature. Wearing a helmet can prevent unimaginable injuries to your head.
That being said you are going to want to purchase a helmet that fits you properly. Nothing that will be bouncing around on your head when the strap is already tightened all the way. That’s unsafe and could still cause an injury.
Not a lot of people know this but you also need to determine the shape of your head for a proper fitting helmet. Yes – that matters! One that is comfortable as well, you don’t want something that’s going to cause tension or irritation.
Body Gear – Chest, Back, & Neck Support.
Though some don’t necessarily wear chest, back and neck gear while riding through the woods, on trails or through mud-pits; it’s still something to know that exist. Wearing any of this gear has its advantages!
- Chest Protector – Most importantly a chest protector will not protect you from a hard impact. It is designed to keep you from getting a nasty cut or prevent bruising from flying debris such as rocks, clumps of dirt or even getting whacked by tree branches.
- Back Brace – Also known as the “kidney belt”; back braces will support your back and in most cases help from becoming too fatigued by providing stability. It also keeps your lower organs and kidneys from damage if you were to crash.
- Neck Brace – Designed to protect against spinal cord injury, it keeps your upper body and head aligned.
Joint Guards – Wrist, Elbow, Knees & Ankles.
Our joints and muscles are what allow us to move. Therefore, makes them very important in our everyday lives. Has any of your joints locked up not allowing you to move? Frustrating isn’t it? Could even be painful. Preventing injury to our joints is just another precaution we should take!
- Wrist Brace – What is your first instinct when you begin to fall? You put your hands out. Though when, falling off your vehicle it sort – of just happens too fast that you sometimes just tumble. In the event of you putting out your hands to catch your fall; the wrist brace adds stability and prevents your ligaments from stretching too far back.
- Elbow Guards – When wearing any kind of guard you want to make sure that they fit correctly and don’t slide out of place when you move. You will want to purchase a hard material rather than a soft material due to durability. You want to protect those elbows from injury not cushion them with a lightweight structure.
- Knee Pads – Made to prevent dislocation of your knee. Your knee is easy to dislocate to say the least. You could literally make a wrong step and crack! I know that sounds more harsh than it really is. But it happens! Knee pads provide a wide coverage over the area and give you more flexibility.
- Ankle Brace – Your ankle happens to be an easy part of your body to injure. When it’s extended past it’s limit of extension; the attached ligaments and bones can begin to stretch and/or break. Being so sensitive a soft, tight ankle brace can stabilize the area and prevent stress on it.
Stay Protected While Shredding The Turf!
We have covered some of the many items you can wear while riding. You will find some of the same equipment is made from different materials such as braces, guards, pads etc… Each of them have their advantages and disadvantages. It is completely based on your preference on what to wear. However, it is also your decision to wear any gear at all. But in reality remember that off-road riding is dangerous and accidents can happen. So strap on that helmet and suit up. Protect yourself from minor or serious injuries.
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