The Arrive Alive website receives numerous accident reports involving bikers and quad bikers – and so often it emerges that the accident victim was not wearing protective clothing!
We do not wish to share all the brutal accidents photos of bloodied body parts strewn across the road surface. It is however important that we share the bikers acronym of ATGATT – All The Gear All The Time.
This should apply to both our bikers on 2 wheels and 4 wheels [quad bikes]
We would like to quote from the section ATGATT and Road Safety:
What is the purpose of protective gear for bikers/ motorcyclists?
* Improved Visibility — Many riders choose higher-visibility gear. Bright colors and retro reflective strips are common on quality equipment and make the riders more visible to other road users such as motorists, truck drivers and even pedestrians.
* Abrasion Resistance — Thick, tough leather provides the most abrasion resistance in a crash, but fabrics such as cordura, kevlar and ballistic nylon provide significant protection too. In addition, fabrics are generally cheaper, easier to maintain, waterproof, and more comfortable in hot weather. Thick leather, which affords the most abrasion resistance, can be uncomfortable in high temperatures, may cause heat stress & loss of control with insufficient fluid replacement. Some gear is constructed of fabrics made into a ‘mesh’ that provides cooling and a stable surface for the attachment of padding
* Padding — Quality jackets and pants provide significant extra padding in the vulnerable joint regions. This can take the form of simple foam padding, or dual-density foam that stiffens when compressed, sometimes with plastic or carbon fiber outer-shells that distribute the impact across the pad. Integrated pieces can be found in some jackets.
* Weather Protection — an important aspect of protective clothing is protection from the elements. Extreme weather can make a long ride unbearable or dangerous. Gear needs to provide protection from wind, rain and cold.
- Quad Bike Safety