It didn't matter whether I was teaching SCUBA diving, or deep sea diving, or rock climbing, or winter mountaineering: at some point my students started calling me....
Now, I ask you, what kind of macho image is that?
Okay, so I'm "fussy" about safety. But, you know, at eighteen below and ten-thousand feet, or three-hundred feet down on standard air, you really need to be fussy - or you get hurt, or even worse too. But, like I told my students, I'm still here and in one piece.
Okay, so I was bent once, but I did have a spastic student, eighty-feet down, who flailed and flailed and even got his spearhead stuck in my hood (now that was a funny scene), so I think I can say "extenuating circumstances".
But enough about me.... how do you like my suit? Just kidding....
Here's the question: Why do so many scooterists ride with so little protection?
Like, helmets that will protect you - provided you only bounce along on your head. And, little, if any leg protection, topped off with sneakers, or even Flip Flops. And finally, thin gloves. I don't understand.
Think about this.....
At 30 mph (and who - even 50cc's doesn't travel at 30) you're doing 44 feet a second. If you hit the pavement and skid for 3 little seconds, you've scraped along 132 feet of hard unyielding ground.
At 40 it's 177 feet.
Most of us haven't a clue about distances, so here's a help. 132 feet is a bit more than the distance between telephone polls; 177 feet is just a shade less than 1 1/2 times the distance between the two poles.
Next time you're out take a look at that space.... it's a looooong way.... especially long if you're contributing skin along the way.
Okay. Done. My question is: Why not be as protected as you can?
I Await your response.
Oh, a bit back someone posted a chart on head injuries, and someone else questioned the validity of the chart.... The report is entitled "The Hurt Report". It is fantastic reading. The original chart is on page 277, 278. But, don't jump straight there. Read the report. It can't hurt, might help. (No pun intended.)
Download it. It is good reading. While you are at it, grab and download these two....
Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalitiesby State Governors Highway Safety Association
Lower-Extremity Injuries in Motorcycle Crashes US DOT
Let me know what you think. Until then, Hi Yo Piaggio, Away!