Helmets are considered as an essential safety gear for protection from head injury. Wearing a helmet while you are riding a bike might not be very comfortable, but it is obviously the most secured way to ride a two wheeler. Wearing a helmet can give you many riding advantages and it can actually make your riding experience more splendid. If you think your helmet is bothering you while riding, you should opt for a good quality lightweight helmet, but should not decide to go without it.
How does a helmet work?
A helmet has a fiberglass outer cover which acts as the shell and expanded polystyrene made inner lining which offers cushioning. When the helmet is struck with something hard the inner lining absorbs the shock keeping the skull intact. In case of direct impact on the outer shell, it acts like a buffer, dissipating the energy, reducing the impact on the brain.
Protection from head injury
In India number of two-wheelers is increasing 20 times faster than its rate of population growth and with the increased number of two wheelers on the road the rate of Road Traffic Accidents is also increasing rapidly. According to studies, In India, 90% of the head injury cases admitted to the hospitals on a daily basis, are caused due to Road Traffic Accidents and at least three young two wheeler riders dies in every 10 minutes due to head injury. Most interestingly, studies show that severe head injuries can occur even while riding at low speed, such as 10-15 kmph. The risk of death due to head injury is 2-5 times more for riders not wearing a helmet; hence a helmet is something you cannot really compromise with.
In case of two wheeler accidents head injury is the primary cause of death amongst the riders, and by wearing a good quality helmet in proper way you can rigorously mitigate the risk of getting a head injury even if you happen to get involved in a nasty accident.
Helmet reduces the wind noise
While riding a two wheeler in speed the wind noise can be really bothering for the ears even if the weather is not windy. The more is your speed the wind noise gets that much louder and can be really disturbing while riding on the highways. In case there is wind it can even become difficult to ride a two wheeler without a proper helmet. Keeping your ears covered from noise of wind make it possible to listen to the surroundings better, which can be helpful to avoid an accident.
Helmet can give you a clearer vision
Helmets with visor can be effective to give you a clearer vision on road. High quality helmets with a visor can cut down the glare from reaching your eyes, which can be very comfortable for your eyes, as well as can be effective to have a clear vision on road. It can help you to see right through even if the high beam lights of other vehicles going in the opposite direction shines on your eyes. A clearer vision on road certainly reduces the risk of road accident.
Helmet protects your face from harsh weather
Helmet is a covering that protects not only your head but also your whole face. If there is rain or the weather is chilling, helmet can protect your face from getting wind or rain bites. It keeps the rain and freezing weather out enabling you to ride your two- wheeler in comfort without losing your concentration. A good quality helmet can also give your skin and eyes physical coverage from the harmful UV A and UV B rays of the sun. So, if you are cautious about your skin getting tanned or wrinkled due to sun exposure, using a helmet every time you ride out in the sun is a must.
Helmet protects your head and face from flying objects and dirt
Heavy flying objects, such as, gravels, rocks or twigs can be highly damaging when encountered on your face while riding in speed. These flying objects cannot only injure your skin but can also harm your eyes, damaging your vision. With the increased rate of particulate pollution in the air there is always a chance that some dirt or dust will get into your eyes while riding a two wheeler without a helmet. This can not only damage your eyes, but can also make it difficult for you to concentrate on the road, leading to accidents. Wearing a helmet ensures that no flying objects, dirt or dust can get into your eyes and you are able to concentrate fully on the road reducing the risk of accident.
Moreover, it helps us in protecting our eyes from the dust or terrible lights from others vehicles because we don’t need to use our hand or fingers to clean it while we are controlling our vehicles.
Wearing helmet helps you to oblige your duty as a citizen. Wearing a helmet is the law; someone who breaks it would be fined. People who wear helmet are responsible citizens because they obey the traffic law. It is the waste of time and money if police fine you.
Head is the most important part .
We can’t buy our life but we can prevent loosing it by wearing a helmet.
“Prevention is better than cure”.
HOW TO BUY A FULL FACED HELMET
Having a helmet with wrong size can prove to be fatal.
Measure the circumference of your head. You can use a flexible tape measure or a string with a regular tape measure. If you have neither, continue on to the next step.
Go to a store that caries full faced helmets and if you have your measurements; go to a sizing chart and pick your size. If your measurements fall in between sizes, go for the smaller size.
Test them out. It should fit snug and have a little hard putting it on, but not too hard. To test it, hove it side to side, and make sure your helmet does not move much. Do this in all directions.
Grab the back of your helmet and try to pull it off with the strap on. If it comes off or it hurts, it might be too big for your head.
Pull where the helmet covers your mouth and pull down. You should not be able to move it without moving your head.
Try to put 4 fingers in your cheek and your forehead. Make sure your fingers can not touch these areas.
Keep the helmet on for 15-20 minutes, if possible. If its still comfortable, buy it. If not, try another size.