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Motorcycle protective clothing

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conference contribution
posted on 2024-06-04, 09:01 authored by E de Rome, G Stanford, B Wood
This paper describes a comprehensive review of research into the safety value of motorcycle protective clothing. The project is funded by the MAA to provide guidance for motorcyclists on the benefits of different features when purchasing protective clothing. Protective clothing is available with a variety of features, however apart from advertising material, there is little information about the relative benefits of such features to guide purchasers. While protective clothing is unlikely to prevent serious injury in high impact crashes, it can reduce gravel rash, friction and exhaust pipe burns, stripping of skin and muscles, torn or severed ligaments, some broken bones and the infection of wounds. Clothing designed specifically for motorcyclists can contribute to personal comfort and assist in reducing fatigue and dehydration. Australian manufacturers and importers are not subject to any mandatory standards in relation to protective clothing apart from helmets. Local purchasers have no information and no guarantees as to whether such products in fact provide the claimed protection. In addition, Australian motorcyclists are also disadvantaged by the lack of information about the relative benefits of different features of clothing. Different fabrics and designs are widely promoted for their protective value, but information about the testing of such claims is difficult to obtain.

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Pagination

1-9

Location

Sydney, New South Wales

Start date

2003-09-24

End date

2003-09-26

Language

eng

Publication classification

E Conference publication, E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

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[2003, The Conference]

Title of proceedings

ARSRPE 2003 : Proceedings of the Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference

Event

Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education. Conference (2003 : Sydney, New South Wales)

Publisher

Australasian College of Road Safety

Place of publication

Mawson, A.C.T.

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