WARNING: While only simulated, the images in this video may be disturbing for some readers.
Despite all the common sense reasons to wear protective clothing such as armored jackets and helmets while riding, some people just don’t wear them all the time. I can’t help but think that for many it’s just a mental disconnect between wearing the gear and the consequences of not. Sadly, it’s not something that’s all that forgiving in terms of a trial-and-error approach to learning those lessons.
The Colorado DOT has set out to bridge that understanding gap. In the video above, they take a motorcycle rider (but the same concept applies to scooters) and put him in the makeup chair of a world-class special effects artist. Working together with a trauma surgeon, they simulate the types of injuries a rider is likely to sustain in even a slow-speed crash without safety gear on his or her body. The effect is dramatic. If we imagine our own faces in that mirror, ravaged by the unforgiving combo of physics and concrete, it puts the minor hassle of wearing protective gear in sharp perspective.
How about you? Are you an ATGATT rider? If not, do these sorts of things influence your decision making? Let us hear from you in the comments.
Source: Ride Apart