As part of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, it’s important to remember to wear a helmet when you ride your bike. Helmets are the only protection you have for your head if you’re in an accident.
Use these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help you choose the best option.
Select a style:
- Full coverage: These helmets provide the most protection, shielding your head, face and eyes. They reduce wind noise and provide ventilation for when it’s warm outside.
- Three-quarter style helmets: These cover the top, side and back of your head but not your face.
- Half helmets: These cover the top of your head and provide the least protection.
Look for the sticker:
Look for a DOT sticker on the back of the helmet to make sure the helmet meets all the safety standards the law requires. Helmets without the sticker will not protect you in a crash.
Check for proper fit:
- The helmet should fit snuggly on your head and not wiggle around.
- It shouldn’t tilt back on your head.
- After fastening chin straps, make sure the helmet can’t roll forward off your head.
If you’re in a crash, the liner in your helmet that absorbs impact will be permanently damaged and you’ll need to replace your helmet.