What should you know about helmets?

When riding a motorcycle, the rider knows that having the right safety gear can mean life or death in the event of an accident. While protective gear holds importance for every area of the body, the helmet undoubtedly holds the highest seat of importance in protecting life and health.

What should motorcyclists know about the helmets they wear, though? Understanding the basic science can allow motorcyclists to make more informed decisions when selecting protective gear and wearing their equipment.

Know what helmet to use

Integris Health examines the science behind helmets. One of the most crucial things that they point out almost immediately is this: different helmets provide different forms of protection. In other words, a football player would not use a motorcycle helmet while on the field. A motorcyclist should not rely on a bicycle helmet. Each helmet has its own purpose and design, and if a rider uses the wrong kind, it can actually decrease the efficacy of a helmet’s ability to prevent injury.

Have a good fit

Next, they point out how crucial fit is. Helmets should generally fit snugly over the head, tight enough to not wiggle around or move but not so tight that it causes discomfort or makes it difficult to see. Riders should use all straps and attachments as intended, tightening them to the appropriate degree and wearing them at their intended placements.

In a way, it is similar to seatbelts. A seatbelt can only do its most efficient job when used exactly as intended by the manufacturers. Thus, it is important for riders to take a look at the instruction manual of their unique helmet to ensure full compliance and maximum safety.

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