When riding motorcycles, riders must consider the importance of their safety gear. The most important thing to have for anyone riding on two wheels is a motorcycle helmet. Many new riders don’t anticipate accidents and will look for a cheap and fast solution for their head protection. In many ways, purchasing riding gear, such as the helmet, can be compared to appliance repair and appliance shopping. For example, there is a risk in not buying new equipment. Just like a used refrigerator may need appliance repair or does not have a warranty or guarantee, a used helmet can have this same problem. The padding and shell of the helmet is typically made to withstand a single use accident, followed by replacement. In addition to the effects of motorcycle accidents, helmets also deteriorate over time. Glues, residues, hair oils, and even some atmosphere exposure can lead to wear and tear. Purchasing new will help eliminate the risk of product malfunction, the need for appliance repair and ensure maximum effectiveness. Another correlation between helmets and appliances are the innovative and developing technologies that are implemented into the product to improve the quality and safety benefits. Some appliances meet special needs of the buyer, for example a commercial deep freezer could be appropriate in a restaurant, while a small family requires much less space. Identifying your needs will be the first step to finding the right helmet and other road gear. Many helmets have features that could improve the riding experience. For example, Bluetooth technologies and phone connectivity is a great feature in newer helmets, but may not be necessary for all riders. Also, when purchasing a helmet always do a preliminary fitting test; this includes being able to move the head side to side and a secure fastening. Just like when buying or repairing other appliances, make sure the product or service can be used for its intended purpose.
A huge part of helmet safety is upkeep. You need to make sure to take care of your helmet to keep it in great condition. Wear and tear on a helmet could make it less effective and leave you open to a nasty head injury. So what should you do to keep it safe?
1. Follow the care instructions
The manufacturer of the helmet gives care instructions, so follow them. Only use mild soap and only as recommended. Do not use cleaners that have a petroleum base. This is extremely important if you have a polycarbonate helmet. The inside could deteriorate if exposed to harsh cleaners.
2. Keep the vision clear
Use a mild soap and warm water. Get a soft cloth and work hard to keep it from getting scratched. If you do get scratches on your face shield, then replace it. Vision is key to safety, you must properly clean your face shield to keep vision clear, especially at night.
3. FRAGILE WARNING
Helmets may seem indestructible but they should be handled with care. Do not drop your helmet on concrete or other hard surfaces. This could severely screw up your helmet and affect its impact absorption ability. That is its primary function, so handle with extreme care!
Those are just a few tips for keeping your helmet clean and safe. Your helmet is the most important safety feature you have when riding a bike, so treat it like the friend that it is.
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A huge part of wearing a helmet is making sure that you get the right fit. There is no way to keep completely safe with a helmet that is not a perfect fit. It is much more technical than a simple match to your hat size or guessing small or large. Your head is unique, and while hat size can help get you started, your helmet is more specific. Usually try a smaller size, similar to a football helmet, and give it time to adjust to your head.
There are a few helmet sizes ranging from XXS to XXL. These may get confusing so you might want to get help from the maker of the helmet to compare to your head size. Different makes and models fit differently.
When choosing your helmet, be sure to try it on properly. Put your thumbs inside the straps, balance the helmet on your fingers, spread the sides apart and slide it down over the top of your head. Many times your helmet will feel quite tight until it adjusts to your head. Do not switch to a bigger size until you are sure that your helmet truly does not fit. If you get a helmet that is too big it could move when you need it most and leave you vulnerable. A proper fit is also important for making sure that you reduce noise that can be a distraction.
Helmet size is key to your safety, so try these few checks before you pick one.
• Make sure the pads touch your cheek without pressing too tight.
• Check that there are no gaps between your forehead and the pads.
• If it has a neck roll, make sure that doesn’t create a gap.
• Basically, make sure there isn’t a gap that will leave you vulnerable
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Stay safe fellow riders!
Not all helmets work the same way. Playing football does not require the same protection as riding your motorcycle, so the helmets have to do different things. Your motorcycle helmet is extremely specialized and technical. This isn’t just hard plastic and a cushion. It is freaking science y’all!
There are a few components that work in cohesion to keep your dome safe. Check it out:
1. The Outer Shell
This is the most obvious part of the protection. There are different types of materials like polycarbonate that are used to make a great outer shell. It is designed to actually compress when it makes hard impact. This makes all of that intense force that was headed to your noggin disperse and hit you with less force. This is just part of it/
2. The Liner
The liner is right inside the shell and is usually made of a Styrofoam type material. This layer is super thick and absorbs the shock and reduces impact as your head tries to keep moving when the helmet comes to a stop. This works in conjunction with the shell to absorb impact that was headed for your brain. This greatly reduces the odds of receiving brain damage in an accident. Some of these helmets might even crack or break when they hit hard enough. Don’t freak out! That is what they are supposed to do in order to reduce impact.
3. Comfort Padding
This is the nice, soft, foam and smooth cloth that rubs nicely against your head. It keeps you comfy and keeps the helmet on your head nice and tight. This is a nice feature.
4. The Chin Strap
This is an important final piece. Without a chin strap, your helmet would fly off in a crash. Be sure to keep it on nice and tight all the time. Make sure to fasten it properly every sing time you ride.
So there you go. That is all the sweet technical stuff that your helmet does to keep you from getting your dome rocked. The next time you strap up, you will realize that a tone of research went in to keeping you completely safe as you enjoy your ride!