Head injuries are serious, and can drastically affect, if not end, your life. That is why the state of California requires motorcycle riders to wear a helmet at all times. Failing to do so can result in a significant fine, not to mention a significant injury. But while many riders recognize the importance of helmets, many others fail to understand that a helmet’s fit is essential when it comes to preventing injury or even death.
Below is a guide for choosing the right helmet for you. Doing so just might save your life.
- Choose a helmet style. Generally speaking, there are five types of helmets: open face, full face, modular, ADV helmets, and dirt helmets. Full face helmets are the least ventilated but most protective, considering that the entire skull is encased in protective material. This is the type of helmet most recommended for preventing serious injury.
- Determine your head shape and size. It may sound strange to some, but your head has a unique shape. Most people fall into one of three categories, round, intermediate oval, and long oval. An easy way to determine your head shape is to pull your hair back tightly and take a top-down photo of your head. Once you have determined your head shape, measure your head size with a measuring tape. Helmets come in a variety of sizes, so having your head measurement ahead of time is crucial to choose the right size.
- Try your helmet on. Just like shoes, different helmets will fit differently. Don’t just choose blindly. Visit a shop, and try on a variety of brands and sizes to find the best fit.
- Check the fit. Once you have found a helmet you like, make sure it fits properly. The cheek pads on a full-face helmet should be pressing against your checks. When you move it around, your cheeks should move, not the helmet itself, and the overall feel should be snug. Wear it for 15 to 30 minutes. It should feel tight, but not painful.
Remember that a well-fitting helmet can be the difference between life or death. If you do wind up in a motorcycle accident, call Herrera Law for help and representation.