The last thing you’re thinking about when you take off on your motorcycle is the possibility of being in an accident and the risk of receiving a brain injury as a result. Wearing the right helmet is important to riders from a comfort standpoint, however it could mean the difference between life and death.
So, before you head off on a summer ride, make sure your helmet meets your health and safety needs. Here are some tips to ensure you have the right fit and to prevent complications from a wreck.
YOUR HEAD SHAPE
The reason helmets come in different shapes is because everyone’s head is shaped differently. You can get helmets in round oval, intermediate oval (which is most common) and long oval. We suggest having a friend or family member look at the top of your head and focus on your head’s shape, not your face.
Some helmets provide more protection according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Full face motorcycle helmets are aerodynamic. They are comfortable, wrap around your head, provide quality ventilation and protect your eyes and face. A modular helmet can be full- or open-face and is commonly used with dual-sport adventure riders. And then the half and open face helmets provide less protection with no chin guard and less skull protection.
Know what helmets are available and pick the style that works the best for your motorcycle and lifestyle.
HEAD SIZE AND ADJUSTMENT
Make sure you’ve measured your head just above your eyebrows and circle around the thickest part of your head. A helmet that is the correct size will be slightly tight and should not move if you shake your head. Also, a helmet that is close to your cheeks is a sign that it fits correctly. Cheek pads and liners should be adjusted as they can provide both protection and comfort.
While you should wear a helmet, some types are just not safe. Novelty helmets are too light and do not meet safety requirements. They typically have loose straps and plastic buckles and can have spiked or rigid decorations on top of the helmet – which can become a hazard. Note, the thinner the helmet, the more likely it’s not safe for motorcycle use.
Choosing a proper motorcycle helmet is an important part of preparing to ride on the road. So, make sure you look at all your options available and pick one that is comfortable and safe.