You’ve just purchased a motorcycle and are excited to hit the Texas roadways. But first, you need to think about safety gear.
While wearing a helmet is not necessarily compulsory for those aged 21 and over, many people still choose to do so. Helmets come in various brands, sizes and styles, so it can be difficult to know where to start. How can you tell whether or not a helmet is going to protect you?
Is your helmet certified?
If you’re browsing the helmet selection and feeling a little lost, it may benefit you to look at the back of the headgear. You may notice some stickers attached to the surface. If you don’t, then this may be a sign to move on to the next item. Various institutions, such as the U.S. Department Of Transportation (DOT), and the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) approve certain safety gear. If you see evidence of stamps or stickers from these bodies, then you know your helmet has been widely approved across the country and beyond.
Is your helmet style appropriate?
As mentioned, helmets come in various styles. Open helmets may feel less restrictive, but do they really offer you the protection you need? A full-face helmet will not only protect your head but also your face, should a collision occur.
How does the helmet fit?
A helmet that is too large and loose could come off during a collision, meaning that you no longer have head protection. At the same time, a helmet that is too tight could also cause severe injuries. When selecting protective headwear, comfort should also be taken into consideration.
When traveling on two wheels, it is crucial to protect your head in the best way possible. Sadly, some accidents are unavoidable. If you have been injured due to someone else’s driving practices, remember you have legal rights to compensation for your losses.