The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) would like to remind motorcyclists of the importance of wearing a helmet when riding. The use of motorcycle helmets has been shown to reduce the rate of fatal and traumatic brain injuries sustained in accidents.
“Statistics and common sense tell us that motorcycle helmets offer the best protection available against serious head injuries in the event of an accident,” said Spencer R. Moore, Commissioner of the DDS. “The most important thing for a biker to know is that wearing a helmet can save your life. “
Data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that helmets are 37% more effective at preventing fatal injuries in motorcyclists and 41% for passengers.
Motorcycle Road Safety Fact Sheet 2018
According to the 2019 NHTSA Motorcycle Traffic Report, motorcycles made up 3% of the total nationally registered vehicles. However, compared to passenger vehicles, the death rate of motorcycles is six times higher per 100,000 vehicles registered.
Although you can frequently see motorcycles on your daily commute as you travel on roads and highways, they represent less than 1% of kilometers driven in the United States. In fact, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to have a fatal accident and four times more likely to be injured than passenger vehicle occupants.
Riders are strongly encouraged to take a rider safety training course where topics such as protective gear are covered during the training. (Register now!) A Rider lessons is a great opportunity to talk one-on-one with a RiderCoach on how to choose and care for your helmet.
Here are some tips to help you maintain your helmet:
- The qualities and functions of your helmet deteriorate over time; manufacturers recommend replacement of your helmet every 3 to 5 years.
- If your helmet has been involved in an accident and sustained an impact, it should be replaced immediately.
- Be fragile with your helmet. If a helmet falls on a hard surface, it may be too damaged to safely protect your head. You can also check with the manufacturer to inspect your helmet if this service is available.
- Keep your helmet clean. Be sure to read the manual to make sure you clean it properly without using harsh chemicals.
Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP)
The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) is part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. The GMSP promotes motorist awareness programs, shares road campaigns and focuses on road safety issues affecting motorcyclists in Georgia, as well as education and licensing programs for drivers. The GMSP directly operates training sites throughout Georgia. GMSP offers low cost vocational training to help riders improve their skills.