Motorcycle Helmet Safety Tips
Helmets are so crucial to a motorcycle rider that not having one should automatically disqualify someone from riding. As with most other things in life, however, these crucial pieces of motorcycle wear are largely ignored.
I have often seen riders going around at really high speeds wearing no form of protection on their heads. This is dangerous. There are also those who do have helmets but have only the one so that when they carry a passenger he is left exposed to the mercies of the atmosphere.
The risks riders expose themselves to in riding like this are indeed great. The thing needed is education concerning the importance of helmets and after that a requirement that all riders have these devices, at least two, for them to operate their bikes.
We are therefore going to go through the need for helmets first to show their importance before disclosing other matters.
Reasons For Wearing Helmets
Motorcycle riding is often a very dangerous activity. The rider is taking a risk by choosing to go on a device that travels at really high speeds and exposes him to the atmosphere. It goes without saying that a rider needs protection at all times while they are on the bike.
Helmets, first of all, protect the rider from exposure to the atmosphere. This might seem like a very trivial thing, but there are dangers out there that could not be escaped in any other way.
Motorcycles typically go at very high speeds, and the chances of any floating thing hitting the rider in the face is very high. Cases have been documented of riders who got hit by flying debris.
The thing about going at such high speeds is that the force of impact is greatly increased. The rider is, therefore, likely to suffer a log more because of this.
Helmets also provide the rider with an unimpeded view of the road. While the rider is going at high speeds, he is usually going against the wind. Going directly into the wind like this impacts visibility greatly.
With poor visibility it is very unlikely that the rider will be able to keep control on the road. Helmets have clear plastic covers that keep out the direct wind and give the user a clear view of the road ahead. The importance of this cannot be overstated.
Helmets provide protection against impact. The impact is the most basic kind of accident a rider is likely to encounter. When the motorcycle falls or the rider hits something, the rider will be thrown out and might end up landing on his head.
The helmet provides shock absorbing properties that protect the user while he is riding. The importance of this is huge. If the helmet weren't present all the shock would have to be absorbed by the head, and the chances of serious head injury would be very high. The padding does most of the absorbing of shock and keeps the user safe.
Helmets also provide the user with protection against penetration injuries. These are the kinds of injuries where the rider is under pressure from sharp objects.
The exterior of the helmet is usually made of the toughest plastic that can be able to handle any intrusions and thereby assure the user of safety while using the device.
This is very important and could be the determining factor in an accident. Without a helmet, any accident that includes sharp objects will very likely be fatal. The protection is one more reason why helmets are very important.
There are much more reasons why a helmet would be of importance, but these are the most basic. The user wants to be safe when they are using the bike, and the helmet provides the best chance of this on the road.
Going out without a helmet is one of the most unsafe things that a rider can do. The next part delves into helmet basics to enable the user understand them and know how they function.
Helmets are worn on the head and typically cover the whole head. There is the internal part of the helmet and the external part. The external part of a helmet is typically made of hard plastic of any other kind of compound that is as durable and tough as plastic.
This compound is the first line of defense and is also one of the most important parts of the helmet. Usually, the outer part is also painted in shiny colors to ensure that the user is visible when they are on the road. This is important.
The inner part of the helmet features a layer of padding. Padding is any form of soft cushioning that is between the hard exterior part and the head of the user.
The thickness of padding determines how well the helmet can protect the user in times of trouble. Helmets with thin padding could be very dangerous.
The third part of the helmet is the strapping. The strapping usually secures the head of the user while they are wearing. The strapping is made of some cloth that is, however, tough.
Helmets also feature a front part that is open and usually covered with glass. This part allows for visibility and also gives the user protection from the wind. The size of this front part usually matters from helmet to helmet.
Choosing A Helmet
When a user is going out to buy a helmet, there are many things that they should look for. It could be confusing even for a person who is knowledgeable on these matters. There are however some things to consider.
The factors given below are all very important. Focusing on one and ignoring the others is not a very wise decision. If a user decides to buy a helmet, then they should focus on all of them not ignoring even one
Firstly the user has to be aware of the nature of padding. The padding provides shock absorbing capabilities and will be the part that the user relies on the most. To choose a good helmet look for padding they is thick and firm.
This kind of padding can be seen quite easily and even in devices that completely cover the padding the weight of the helmet can be used to determine the level of padding. The heavier the helmet, the more the padding.
Users should be aware of fancy kinds of helmets that claim to be cool by having a thin layer of padding. This kind of protection can never be adequate, and a user is only looking for trouble by going for these kinds of devices.
Secondly, the user must look at the outer covering. This part will absorb most of the shock and therefore prevent the user from feeling effects of the impact during an accident. The best kinds of exteriors are made of tough plastic or another kind of material that is equally as tough.
It is very easy to see the kind of material that an exterior is made of. By touching the device a user can tell the kind of material, the exterior is made of. Devices with faulty or low quality exteriors are very bad and should be avoided at all costs.
The strapping should also be looked at. The user must ensure that the strapping is strong enough to withstand all forms of abuse. Also, the strapping has to be able to secure the head of the user firmly.
Strapping that is loose or unfitting is risky. The user who does not secure his head well could have the helmet flying off in times of extreme speed and putting him in even more danger.
The issue of cost is also very important. There are numerous types of helmets unavailable in the market. All these helmets claim to have some properties, but they differ greatly in cost.
It is important for the user to be aware of what they want. Most of the time a good helmet will cost a lot but not all of the time. Some helmets cost considerably less but have very good qualities.
Finding these types of helmets could be tough but rewarding. The user must also know that buying only one helmet is never enough. There should be at least two helmets. With this number, the user is sure that any passenger coming onto the device will be safe.
It is very hard to stress the importance of helmets. One would assume that such matters are plain as day and very easy to understand. However, this is very rarely the case.
Helmets provide safety in so many ways but the majority of users think of them as nothing more than fancy devices that they can do without.
It is hoped that alert reading through this the user will be knowledgeable enough to know what kind of helmet to choose and also the importance of the helmet. Such lessons are very valuable and could lead to the saving of lives in the end.