The importance of a motorcycle helmet cannot be overstated, and helmets have saved countless lives all across the United Kingdom, and in other countries as well. Thankfully, in the United Kingdom, motorcycle helmets are compulsory, and if you don’t wear one, you will definitely get a ticket, and points on your motorcycle licence. Now that it’s clear that you have to wear one, the next thing that you need to concentrate on, is what kind of helmet that you would like. There are many to choose from, in many styles, and in different colours, and the selection is so good, that it can get a little bit confusing at times.
The kinds of helmets include full face, open face, half helmet, motocross, and flip up, and thankfully, all of these can be bought at Wheels Motorcycles, where they stock the full range. It is generally recommended that you wear a full-face helmet, because it provides protection for all of your head, including your chin. When choosing the right helmet for you, please consider the following information.
- Be aware of safety standards – Just because a helmet comes with a high price tag, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the right helmet for you. On the opposite side of the spectrum, just because a helmet is cheap, doesn’t mean that it is unsafe. You’re also going to be paying extra money for a helmet that is deemed as fashionable at that time, and a helmet with just a plain colour, will be cheaper than a helmet that sports lots of colours. Thankfully, there is a helmet safety rating approved by SHARP, and this will help you to make the right decision.
- Check the size – A helmet that might fit a colleague’s head, may not be suitable for yours, because we all have different shaped heads. All brands are not the same, and each helmet has a unique shape. You can measure your head, when you’re searching for a helmet, or trying to buy one online, but the only sure fire way to know that your helmet will fit you, is to try it on. This is why it is best to visit your local motorcycle store, so you are sure that you are choosing the right helmet.
- Helmet extras – You want to be able to make the most out of being outdoors, and so, always try to find a helmet that provides you with good ventilation, and look into specialist visors, that stop it from fogging up, on a cold morning. There are also helmets that allow you to fit a Bluetooth unit, and some of them even have added pump-up cheek pads, for a better fit. Always try to get a helmet that has a removable internal lining, so that you can wash it. To find out more about the law regarding safety helmets, have a look here.
If you follow the above tips, then you should be able to find a helmet that is suitable for the shape and size of your head, and more importantly, it’s comfortable as well. Take your time choosing one, because this is a very important purchase. Your life may even depend upon it.