If you think that riding a motorcycle without a helmet makes you look cool, think again. That “lame” thing may just save your life in case of accidents. It is considered as the most important safety gear of every motorcyclist. But even if it can protect you from seconds of excruciating pain and terrible accident, a wrong helmet may cause discomfort during a minute or hour long ride.
That’s why it is best to choose a helmet that fits.
Here are some tips on how to choose the right helmet:
- Know its parts. A helmet may look like a simple safety gear, but it also has different parts that you should be familiar with. A good helmet consists of an outer shell designed to absorb and protect the head from strong pressure and impact, the inner lining made of Styrofoam designed to minimize the shock and impact to the brain, and a chin strap that secures the helmet in place.
- Know your head shape and size. To choose a helmet that fits, know the shape of your head. Helmets come in different designs to fit the different head shapes. Make sure that the size fits your head perfectly.
- Check how the helmet fits. When wearing a helmet, it should fit your head without pressing on your skin uncomfortably and tightly. If it’s a full face helmet, there should be enough space between your face and the helmet. Remove the helmet and make sure that it does not leave any red or sore spots.
- Check if it affects your vision. A good helmet should not block your line of sight, even if it’s a full face helmet. Check if you can see through the face shield clearly. Choose a helmet with an anti-fog coating. This prevents the face shield from fogging easily and will still enable you to see clearly during cold seasons.
- Choose a helmet that passed safety standards and regulations. DOT and Snell are the most popular safety certifications, so have an eye for those stickers on the helmet. Here’s a site that can help you as well when deciding on safety.
- Never buy a used helmet. Saving a couple of bucks for a cheaper helmet will cost you more once it fails to protect your head during an accident.
The helmet is a motorcyclist’s best friend. Be very careful in choosing one, or else it may do you more harm than good.
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