Wearing a helmet when you are riding on a motorcycle is a must. A two-wheel drive exposes your body to the many dangers while on the road, as well as to the natural elements. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost half of all deaths on the world’s roads are among those with the least protection – motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians. What is noteworthy about these incidents, is that, if all motorcyclists in these fatal crashes had worn helmets, an estimated 802 lives could have been saved, as expressed in a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a nonprofit organization representing state highway safety offices.
As you can see, we cannot overemphasize the importance of wearing a helmet when driving on the road. This single piece of equipment is so designed to provide an extra layer of protection for the head so that a possible impact during a crash will be dissipated and help prevent possible traumatic injuries.
There are different designs and makes of motorcycle helmets. Some are made to be more expensive than others as they provide additional features. All of the helmets manufactured in the USA need to pass certain motorcycle-safety standards (the DOT, ECE 22.05 and Snell). Some are certified to multiple standards, hence are made available at higher costs. But as mentioned earlier, buying a helmet is an investment in itself, so you really have to take some time to find the best helmet that will give the best value for the price you will pay. It is important to find one that will not only be the right for your budget, but also for your head, style, as well as your convenience.
One of the factors that will help you determine which helmet to pick is the purpose for which you intend to use it. Note that there are are different types of helmets for motorcycle: full face, open face, half helmet, motocross and modular or flip-up. If you will be frequenting the road or will be riding your motorcycle for regular commutes and for touring, you will need a helmet that will provide you the most comfortable riding experience without sacrificing your speed.
For maximum safety, you may want to consider a full-face helmet. Statistical studies indicate that the chin bar of full-face helmets is the portion with the highest number of impacts. As such many recommend avoiding half helmets.
As for which will work best for you is still a matter of personal preference, however. It is still best to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of all the available options before finally deciding which helmet to consider.
It is noteworthy to mention that of these helmet types, the modular helmets are typically not rated as high in safety standards, however. They also weigh more than full-face helmets and tend to wear out quicker mainly because of the complex hinge device in it.
Another factor that you may need to consider is how the helmet fits on your head. Note that a pricey helmet does not necessarily mean the most convenient nor the best-fitting for your head. It may provide additional features, but you will have to compare among designs and brands offered at the same price range.
Before you look for the best helmet to buy, you will need to know your head measurement. Run a Tape measure around your head just an inch or so above your eyebrows and at the pointy part at the back of your head. This will serve as your reference for the helmet size that will fit your head.
Don’t just assume that the helmet will fit comfortably on your head, though. You will need to fit try it on your head to get the right fit. Make sure to consider one that is tight all over and won’t budge or wiggle with the slightest movement that you make. Try it on for some time to see how comfortable it will rest on your head. It will take some time before pressure points will become evident, so don’t be in a rush. If it hurts or makes you feel uncomfortable after an hour or so wearing the helmet, then it is not the perfect fit that you are looking for.
Most high-end helmets offer extra features such as a cooling system, rear-view, LED lights, communication provision, as well as heads-up displays.
The HJC CL-17 Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet, for instance, comes with a super cool moisture-wicking interior, fully removable cheek pads and liner, as well as an anti-bacterial fabric.
As cleaning and maintenance will also be a regular concern, you may need to consider looking for helmets with removable and washable internal padding and lining as this will prolong the life of your helmet. These features will also make it easier to clean the helmet and keep it smelling fresh.
If you are considering an open-face helmet, you may want to look for one that comes with three push-on buttons on the front that will allow you to attach a visor or a peak. This can help prevent lift at speed.
If you are riding with a group, you may want to consider a helmet that provides the option to communicate seamlessly while on the go. There are helmets that are designed with powerful communication capabilities like the helmets designed by FreedConn. It comes with a simple ‘one-button control’ that can complete all operations such as receiving calls/making an intercom/FM even while you are riding.
Whichever helmet you prefer, you need to make sure that you are provided with the most benefits throughout your use of the helmet. Take note, however, that you can only use a helmet for five years. After five years, you will need to replace your helmet. Also, a helmet that has been subjected to a crash or an impact should be replaced even if it may still look good.