When it comes to motorcycle safety, your first consideration will typically be your helmet. But there are literally hundreds of different kinds of helmets to choose from, with a wide range of features. How do you know what you need and what’s just window dressing?
First, let’s be clear about what a helmet is and what it can do. It’s essentially a shell around protective material with a hole in the front so that you can see where you are going. The material in the shell can vary, and the inner lining, usually made of Styrofoam, can have multiple layers with varying degrees of density.
Studies have shown that there’s little correlation between the cost of a helmet and how much protection it will provide. Simply put-an inexpensive helmet can provide just as much, if not more, protection than an expensive one. So, instead of looking at the price of a helmet, consider instead the safety standards the helmet meets, as well as whether or not the helmet fits and doesn’t obstruct your view. You’ll want a helmet that you can wear for hours at a time without any discomfort. You’ll also want one that isn’t going to move on you, so put the helmet on and try to twist it. If you can get it on without any tight spots, an it won’t turn, it’s the right size.
Try on every helmet-don’t assume that sizes will be the same from one manufacturer to the next-they’re usually not.
There are two standards that are prevalent with motorcycle helmets-Snell M2010 and ECE 22.05. Independent testing shows that the ECE 22.05 standard offers a lighter, softer and somewhat safer helmet.
In addition, it’s generally in your best interests to get a full-face helmet, as opposed to the 3/ 4 or half helmets many riders wear. Nearly half of all head impacts in a motorcycle accident involve the facial part of the body..Full-face helmets won’t obstruct your view.
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