Development of Ranking Equations for a Protection Level Star Rating System for Motorcycle Clothing
EXTENDED ABSTRACT: Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable road users on Australian roads. Motorcycle protective clothing may reduce the incidence and severity of injury in crashes, however a substantial proportion has been found to fail under crash conditions. The aim of this research was to develop an evidence-based system for rating protective motorcycle clothing to enable motorcyclists to make informed purchasing decisions. A set of equations and weighting systems were developed based on the results of 21 garments tested to the European Standard for protective motorcycle clothing (EN13595:2002). This work provides a first step towards consumer information for protective motorcycle garments.