Tip One: Put on a Helmet
In many states where there aren’t helmet laws, a lot of people just don’t seem to care whether or not they wear a motorcycle helmet on their heads. The worst thing a motorcyclist can do is to go without wearing some type of safety helmet on his or her head. Motorcycle helmets aren’t all that expensive; there is no excuse in the world that can make not wearing a helmet acceptable, especially if you are trying to prevent a head injury from happening.
Tip Two: Ensure You Wear a Proper Size Helmet
There are people that just pick up any helmet, old or new, and decide to wear it. This is another terrible mistake that motorcyclists often make. Any helmet that a motorcyclist chooses to wear should fit exceptionally well. The chosen helmet shouldn’t be too big or too small. A helmet that is too small can distract the motorcyclist from the task of driving, as the driver will be constantly adjusting it. A helmet that is too large will also be uncomfortable and will not adequately protect the motorcyclist from concussions and other head injuries.
Tip Three: Don’t Be Afraid of a Full-Coverage Helmet
Numerous motorcyclists favor wearing either half-size helmets or AÃ¯Â¿Â½-size helmets instead of full-face or modular helmets. What many motorcyclists may not realize is that the full-size or modular helmets are the ones that tend to offer the most protection against head injuries. Wearing a half-size or AÃ¯Â¿Â½-size helmet may seem like a more stylish option, but remember that safety should come way before style when you ride a motorcycle.
Tip Four: Don’t Think About Wearing an Old Helmet
It may be awfully tempting to avoid spending money on a new motorcycle helmet by wearing an old helmet that you happened to find at a garage sale or even in your own home. Wearing an old motorcycle helmet is not a good thing to do for a couple of reasons. First of all, you do not know if the person who wore the helmet before you may have crashed while they were wearing the helmet. Previous crashes tend to damage motorcycle helmets so that they don’t offer as much skull protection as they were originally supposed to offer. Also, the padding that is located inside of most helmets really does wear down after someone has worn the helmet for some time. It is best to buy a new helmet if you are planning on preventing a head injury from happening.
Tip Five: Put on a Helmet That is Approved by the Department of Transportation
It is amazing to see just how many people will go without wearing a DOT-approved helmet because they find a basic inexpensive motorcycle helmet to wear instead. DOT-approved helmets are not that much more costly than ones that aren’t DOT-approved, and they can save a person’s head from serious injuries.
Tip Six: Wear a Simple Sticker on Your Helmet
There is a sticker available at many motorcycle accessory stores that you can put on your motorcycle helmet. This simple sticker tells people what to do if they see you crash your bike and end up on or off the roadway. It basically just informs people that they shouldn’t take your helmet off. Of course, after medical personnel respond, they can make the decision to remove your helmet. Citizens who witness a motorcycle crash should not even think about removing the motorcyclist’s helmet from his or her head. If the motorcyclist happens to have head, neck, or spinal trauma, removing the helmet can make the devastating injuries much worse.
Tip One: Put on a Helmet