Motorcyclists at risk as they ditch protective clothing in heatwave

Motorcyclists have been advised to waer protective clothes however hot it is
Motorcyclists have been advised to waer protective clothes however hot it is
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MOTORCYCLISTS are being urged to wear protective clothing despite the heat following two collisions which saw bikers taken to hospital.

The message comes from John Baker, the deputy representative of the Southern region of the Motorcycle Action Group – a campaign group for the safety of riders of powered two-wheeled vehicles.

He warned of the dangers of wearing inappropriate clothing during the hot weather.

Mr Baker, from Whiteley, said: ‘It may take a few minutes to put on protective clothing but it saves a huge amount of pain and suffering.’

His message comes after a woman was taken to hospital yesterday morning after her Piaggio NRG motorcycle collided with a car in Southampton Road, Paulsgrove at 8.45am at the traffic lights, in slow-moving traffic.

The 48-year-old woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries to her foot.

Another collision saw a woman taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries after her Honda motorcycle collided with a car in Stubbington at 10pm on Saturday.

Mr Baker said the temptation was great during the summer to wear ordinary clothing while on motorbikes.

He said: ‘Recently I have seen quite a number of people wearing shorts and T-shirts. They are people taking their own choices but they are increasing their risk of having an accident.’

He added: ‘If they come off their bike and make contact with the ground, the road will act like a cheese grater and their skin will come off.’

Mr Baker said that it was important to wear gloves, boots, protective material such as leather, and to ensure helmets are properly fastened.