Sunday 8th April 2012
Why don’t more motorcyclists wear a “Hi Viz” garment (fluorescent material with reflective strips) be it a vest or full jacket when riding?
When out on the roads I hardly ever see motorcyclists wearing any form of Hi Viz or reflective clothing. Curiously, when I do see a motorcyclist wearing Hi Viz clothing, they are invariably riders with L plates with either low powered machines or riders of scooters.
So why is this?
Well I believe there has to be an element of ego which overrides commonsense. Most riders I am sure, must be acutely aware of how vulnerable they are when choosing to take to the roads on a motorcycle - accident statistics and associated injuries exist as a haunting fact and tormenting reminder of the dangers of our hobby.
So are the personalities of riders with high powered machines to blame? Probably. One attains a CAT A motorcycle license and in doing so, that person throws away the L plates and with those, the Hi Viz vest goes as well – after all they are not required anymore. Moreover, the thinking probably flows something like this…
When I take to the roads on my high powered machine I don’t want to wear a Hi Viz vest because this will indicate that I am a novice – not cool and in any case it will ruin the look of my gear and that’s not cool either!!
Of course it should be mentioned there are many riders who began their training for the motorcycle test long before Hi Viz was even invented. Nevertheless, no pardon should be granted for not wearing Hi Viz it is after all, just commonsense and indeed harmless to wear it.
Although a few of today’s selection of members who turned up for the ride out did wear a top with Hi Viz properties, I would guess over 50% in attendance did not.
Why then as an:
Associate, member, observer, senior observer and chief observer of the IAM, do we choose to ignore certain elements of the text covering:
“Conspicuity” (page 22 in my edition)
The Police Riders Handbook To Better Motorcycling
“Clothing” (page 17 in my edition)
IAM How To Be A Better Rider.
When we relentlessly discuss, train, practice and discipline ourselves to follow all other codes and doctrines of practice detailed comprehensively throughout both publications?
I am sure I will not be alone in looking forward to reading any counter arguments.
Thanks for reading.
PS Just look at every pictorial image of the rider in The Police Riders Handbook To Better Motorcycling and notice what is constant throughout the publication.