Motorcycle Helmet Safety
Motorcycle helmet safety focuses on providing protection from head injuries in a motorcycle accident, which can occur in a split second and your head could hit the ground at an alarming speed. There are two broad categories of motorcycle helmets, full and partial coverage. The full coverage helmet will cover your entire face.
Everyone who either drives or is a passenger should wear a helmet. A lot of people state that a motorcycle helmet is uncomfortable however if you have a helmet that is chosen specifically for you and fits well, you may be surprised at how comfortable you can feel. In many areas, you must wear a helmet and we believe everyone should. Helmets reduce the impact of a crash on your brain and protect you from severe brain damage even death.
Every helmet has two main parts, which are the hard outer shell and the soft inner lining. You should examine both carefully. Often marketing and advertising emphasize the outside of the motorcycle helmet due to the different designs. Importantly, it is the inner lining that protects your head in an accident. Look for the certification of the helmet for safety standards.
Do not purchase any motorcycle helmet if the manufacturer is not recognized by a regulation authority. A cheap helmet may not be sufficient in an accident. Insurance coverage is affected in some instances when using a non-certified equipment. A helmet is only used for approximately 3 to 5 years (unless the helmet suffers any impact, then you must replace your helmet immediately).
When considering motorcycle helmet safety, there are a number of tips that can help you choose a motorcycle helmet that meets safety regulations and suits your needs.
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When choosing a helmet, try it on for at least five minutes. This will help you evaluate the suitability of the helmet, meaning that you will notice any discomforts when wearing it over a given period of time. Look in the mirror with the helmet on and ensure that it is symmetrical on your head and that there are no red marks when you take it off. Plan to have some time available when you go shopping for your helmet or for your child’s helmet, this will avoid impulse buys.
A key to safe motorcycle riding is having good vision and ensuring your visor does not fog easily and remains clear for visibility. Check for anti-fog and anti-scratch treatment of the motorcycle helmet. These treatments enhance motorcycle helmet safety by improving your visibility therefore, you’re able to see clearly in different weather conditions. An anti-scratch treatment will keep your visor free of scratches.
Use the Chin Strap-On Every Ride
Pay attention to the functionality of the chin strap on the helmet. The chinstrap keeps the helmet in place, which makes it an essential part of motorcycle helmet safety. The strap should be easy to use, of the appropriate length and easily tucked away. You do not want a helmet strap that is a nuisance because you’re more likely to opt out of using it altogether – this puts you at greater risk so always use your chin strap. Remember that the helmet will get more comfortable with use.The inside lining of the motorcycle helmet will
Remember that the helmet will get more comfortable with use.The inside lining of the motorcycle helmet will mold to fit your head; therefore, over time will become more comfortable. Keep this in mind while you get used to a new helmet.
Specific information regarding the Helmet Safety Tests
Specific safety certifications apply in different regions. For example in Europe, it is called the ECE 22.05 standard and in the United States, DOT or Department of Transport is the minimum requirement for safety. Not everyone agrees about which particular standard is best. If you want to know more, read this Motorcycle Magazine Article.