What is the single most important thing you can do to improve your chances of surviving a motorcycle crash?

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What is the single most important thing you can do to improve your chances of surviving a motorcycle crash?

  1. Wear bright, reflective clothing.
  2. Ride below the speed limit. 
  3. Wear a long jacket and pants.
  4. Wear a securely fastened, quality motorcycle helmet.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

Answer

This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: D. Wear a securely fastened, quality motorcycle helmet.

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Explanation: Protecting yourself in a Motorcycle Crash

In order to pass your motorcycle permit exams and to become a safe rider, it’s important to know why a particular answer on the motorcycle written test is correct. 

The single most effective way to improve your chances of surviving a motorcycle crash is by wearing a quality motorcycle helmet that is securely fastened. 

Riders wearing a properly fitting helmet are 3 times more likely to survive head and neck injuries than those who were not – regardless of the speed. 

While it is important to avoid a crash and actively be looking for hazards, sometimes there will be nothing you can do to stop it. 

If you are involved in a crash, you will want to be as best protected as possible. That includes:

  • A quality motorcycle helmet that is properly fastened.
  • Eye and face protection.
  • A protective riding jacket and pants made of leather or sturdy synthetic material.
  • Motorcycle gloves. 
  • Motorcycle boots or riding shoes. 

Even if you are just taking a short ride, you should be wearing all the necessary gear. 

You can find more information about this topic in the motorcycle rider’s handbook.

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