Whether you’re a daily rider or just a weekend warrior, helmet safety for motorcyclists in paramount! Wearing the right helmet can easily be the difference between life and death. Helmets are about 37% effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67% effective in preventing brain injuries. However, helmets make the most difference when they have the proper fit. Click here to learn more about how to best prepare yourself for motorcycle use before hitting the road!
Choosing a Helmet
Firstly, consider the shape of your head. Helmets come in a few different shape styles – round oval, long oval, and intermediate oval. Your head shape can make a big difference in the fit of your helmet. Use a mirror or have a friend help you to determine the shape of your head, not your face.
Secondly, determine the size of your head. Using a cloth tape measure, start just about your eyebrows and circle it around the thickest point of the back of your head. Then, cross-reference your measurement with a helmet size chart to find out what size you need. Helmets that are the incorrect size will move around or not sit completely on your head. Look for a helmet that is a little tight with even, comfortable pressure around your entire head. If you shake your head, it should not move.
Lastly, decide on what style helmet s right for you! Helmets come in many different categories depending on what type of bike you have and where you are riding. Price points can vary, and some come with additional safety or convenience features.
Ensure that your helmet the “DOT” symbol on the outside back. This symbol means that your helmet meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not approve helmets, they do conduct random safety tests. If a helmet does not meet the FMVSS standard, a formal recall is issued requiring removal from stores. If you want to check the compliance of your safety equipment you can review the NHTSA findings here!
Additionally, riders should be aware that “novelty helmets” do not meet the NHTSA safety standards and should not be used. These helmets may also have fake DOT labels, leading riders to believe that they are safe to use. Novelty helmets are unsafe and should not be worm while operating or riding a motorcycle.
Click here for more information on our Motorcycle insurance packages and a few FAQs you may be already asking yourself!