Bicycling, Rules for Helmets

ExitCare ImageProperly wearing a helmet when cycling is your best means of protection against injury. You need to know the right way to wear a helmet and what kind of helmet to buy.

WEAR A HELMET

  • A helmet is your last line of defense in an accident; never ride without one.

  • Helmets can reduce serious head injuries by 85% in a crash.

ALWAYS WEAR A PROPERLY FITTING HELMET

  • A helmet will not protect you if it does not fit properly.

  • Make sure that the helmet fits on top of the head, not tipped back.

  • Always wear a helmet while riding a bike, no matter how short the trip.

  • After a crash or any impact that affects your helmet, replace it immediately.

SHELL AND PADS

  • Find the smallest helmet shell size that fits over your head.

  • Helmet pads should not be used to make a helmet fit your head that is otherwise too big.

  • Leave about two-fingers width between your eyebrows and the front brim of the helmet.

STRAPS

  • The straps should be joined just under each ear at the jawbone.

  • The buckle should be snug with your mouth completely open.

  • Periodically check your strap adjustment. Improper fit can make a helmet useless.

VENTILATION

  • In general, the more vents the better. Improper ventilation can cause overheating.

  • Helmets with good ventilation can actually be cooler than riding with no helmet at all.

  • More vents usually mean a higher priced helmet. Buy one that you will want to wear.

COLORS

  • Helmets come in all different colors and models. Buy a highly visible color.

  • Shell color does not affect the temperature; black shell will not be hotter in the sun.

  • Pick a color that encourages you to wear it.