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Safety Motorcycle Helmets
Motorcycle helmet is used as a protective gear for the head to avoid severe injuries brought about by accidents. In some countries, wearing helmet is comparable to wearing seatbelts, regulated as part of the street ordinances as general safety measure. But of course, any promulgation imposed is debatable and others would drop the matter in every philosophical manner they can give reason against its use.
Looking at the physical make-up of motorcycles will not guarantee pure salvation in every imaginable trauma. When used, it can only lessen the severity. To have an understanding on its function it is important to know how fatal head injuries can disable a person in one incident. When it comes to serious matters like heavy impact, a helmet is nothing. The most important thing about skull fractures is to avoid the fragments from embedding the sensitive tissues of the brain, until then, most head injuries are not as fatal as expected. Basically, a full-blown impact on head can lead to permanent malfunctioning of the body system.
Another kind of fatal head injury caused by motorcycle accident is when the brain is stirred while there is no open wound in the head. In this case the brain bumps the side of the skull leading to small yet deadly movements and rotation enough to cause internal bleeding inside. The use of properly designed motorcycle helmet can help absorb the shock in the head after it sinks to its protective cushions. It must not be too soft to let the head crush through its hard interior walls at once. After that, the hard plastic will yield without control. Helmet design considerations are all about the tolerable impact the head can handle, which the soft linings provide as protection, and the exterior protection from punctures.
Types of motorcycle helmets for effective use come in different appearance:
FULL FACE - Covers the full area of the back of the head, chin but has a shield made of plastic in the eye area for visibility. It is usually ventilated though some still consider it warmer and lacking flow of air inside. It tends to isolate a rider and restrain hearing because of full head coverage.
OPEN FACE - Almost the same as the full face design except it has no chin cover, which means it has low protection for the face. It has a plastic shield open to particles during a ride. It can cause injuries out of trapped small debris caught on speed. Thus, it is advisable to wear riding goggles as additional protection for the eyes.
Motorcycle helmet may not give ultimate protection but it saved a lot of lives during minor injuries.
Tips In Buying The Right Motorcycle Helmet
Although most people do not actually consider them as essentials and will in fact buy them last, motorcycle helmets are one of the most important accessories when you have a motorcycle. In fact, state laws have included the wearing of motorcycle helmets. This, lawmakers say, will be able to prevent major injuries should accidents happen. Helmets protect the person from suffering from head injuries that are potentially dangerous and even fatal. Passengers are even asked to wear helmets especially when cruising at high speeds.
Below are some tips that will help you buy the right motorcycle helmet.
1. Does it meet the DOT standard?
Before buying a helmet, make sure that what you have chosen meets with the criteria set by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218. You can determine this by looking for the symbol of the DOT on the helmet.
You will also find a label inside the helmet that provides you with essential information about the helmet such as the manufacturer’s name, the year and the month the helmet was manufactured, the model number, the size of the helmet, the materials used for its construction and of course some information about the company. Make sure that both the logo and the label is present.
2. Is it quality-made?
Helmets should be made from a firm polystyrene layer or Styrofoam layer that will help protect your head from injury. The layer should be an inch thick and should weigh about three pounds. It should be simple constructed with none of the embellishments that will only cause injury in your head such as spikes or other protruding decorations. Chin straps with sturdy rivets should be also be present as this will help keep the helmet in place.
3. Does it fit your style?
A helmet need not be out of style just because it is considered as a safety gear. It can also be an avenue where one can make a fashion statement. Try looking for great illustrations on the outer shell of the helmet. Some people even have the illustrations custom-made.
4. Does it offer full protection?
Helmets that protect the whole face will of course serve you in good stead during collision. The plastic face shields will also protect you from the wind, the dust, rain, insects and road debris that are thrown up by passing vehicles. If you do not want helmets with the shield on them, buy a separate goggles that will help protect your eyes. One thing that you should know is that windshields are not enough to protect you.