Importance of Riding Gear: HELMET

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HELMET is THE most important piece of safety gear. Period.

Wherever you are riding to, even if it is 1 km away from your home, you must compulsorily wear one. Reason being, a mishap could happen anytime, anywhere, and most importantly, sometimes, due to no fault of your own.

A survey showed that helmets reduce the risk of death by around 40%.  So go ahead and purchase a lid immediately, if you have not done so already.

There are many types of helmets in the market, but the only one to consider is FULL-FACE. Never ever think of going for a half-faced one, as it hardly provides any protection.

Now, while buying a helmet, ensure you are buying from an authorized reseller to avoid any fakes that are readily available.

The helmet should be ECE, DOT, or SNELL Certified. Certification is extremely important as this means that the helmet meets the minimum safety standards. The certification is mostly printed on the chin strap, and/or inside the helmet, and/or on the back side of the helmet.

 

Certification

Certification

The next step would be to ensure the helmet fits your head shape. Each helmet is made for a specific head shape. Some may have a round head, some oval, or some narrow. The only way to ensure a comfortable fit is to try on the helmet at the store for at least 10 min.

Now, the next part is one that most people are not aware of, but of utmost importance: The importance of a snug-fit helmet.

At first, a loose fitting helmet may seem to be the best, as it is the most comfortable. But come to think of it, a loose fit most certainly means the helmet will simply come off your head in case of an impact.

Last but not the least, do not buy a second-hand helmet, as one is not sure if it has already suffered an impact.

Here is a short video demonstrating the differences between a snug-fit and loose helmet, and the steps to consider while buying a new helmet:

To know about the importance of a riding jacket, click here.

To know more about the importance of riding gloves, click here.

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Suraj Patil

Founder/Editor-in-Chief at Moto Gear Advisor
A techie on weekdays, Suraj makes a Ninja-shift to being a hardcore rider on weekends and administrator of Moto Gear Advisor at night.

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