Riding a motorcycle can be freeing, but it can also be deadly. In 2019, more the 5,000 motorcyclists died on the road. Although this number might be alarming, the good news is that motorcycle enthusiasts can lower their risk of serious injury by wearing a helmet.
The thing is, not all helmets are the same. The best way to prevent catastrophic injuries and death when wearing a helmet is by choosing the right one. To find your fit, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends the following tips.
1. Choose the right shape
First, take a look in the mirror. What does the shape of your head look like? Most people’s answer comes down to one of three: round oval, intermediate oval and long oval. Whatever your head’s shape may be will determine the helmet size that you should select.
2. Choose the right size
Next, how big is your head? Because most noggins range across several different sizes, you will have to measure. To do this, grab a cloth tape and wrap it around the widest part of your skull. With the tape just above your eyebrows, take note of the number. It will help you determine your helmet size.
3. Choose the right style
Last, you need to pick the ideal helmet style for your needs. For full protection, you might want to try a full-face helmet, but off-roading and dual-sport needs will require different designs. You can also choose from modular helmets, hi-viz helmets, half helmets and open-face helmets.
Choosing the right helmet is about more than appearances; it is about safety. The tips can help you find the perfect one before your next motorcycle trip.