Drivers have special safety concerns -- no matter their age or their mechanism. So says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Teenaged drivers, especially those with new licenses, have horrific accident rates, as well as older drivers. But drivers in age groups between those should be just as cautious -- especially if they operate vehicles with anti-lock brakes, or if they carry children in their vehicles. Drivers should always keep their vehicles well maintained and keep the tempers calm.

Motorcyclists are also prone to serious accidents involving death and severe injury. But with proper safety gear, that threat decreases substantially. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends wearing five pieces of protective gear while riding a motorcycle.

  1. Helmet: This is the most important piece of protective gear a rider can wear. It protects against head injury, windblast, cold and flying objects. Wearing one reduces your risk of death 63 percent, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. A full-face helmet recommended.
  2. Eye & Face Protection: "Saves face". Any rider who's been hit in the face by stones, insects or debris can tell you the benefits.
  3. Gloves: Keep hands comfortable, functional and protected. They come in an infinite variety for all seasons and weather.
  4. Clothing: Long sleeves and trousers resist abrasion and protect against sunburn, windburn, dehydration, and hypothermia. Light colors or reflectivity increase a rider's visibility.
  5. Footwear: Boots provide protection against foot and ankle injuries. They also provide a good grip on foot pegs and road surfaces when you put your foot down.

Non-motorized transportation isn't risk-free either, especially when it's done carelessly. Pedestrians need to exercise caution while walking along streets, inline skaters need to wear protection and skate within their abilities, and bicyclists need to remember the rules of the road.
To learn more, browse this section. You'll find important information about keeping safe, no matter what your mode of transport.