This informative article about helmet safety is just another example of how critical it is for all of us to wear a helmet when we ride! Always remember to protect your head and make sure that kids’ helmets are the correct size and are secured properly. To encourage helmet use, Project ReCycle provides a helmet for every student that earns their bike in our Dream Bike program, because safety is of utmost importance. This coming May Dream Bike will be handing out 490 new helmets at six different Title-1 schools, along with the students’ refurbished bikes they’ve earned through school, a bike lock and a pair of safety lights! Safety is a community effort, so please help Project ReCycle support safe riding, ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET!
Wearing a helmet is an often-contested topic among cyclists. Many argue that a helmet protects your head from serious injuries, while others claim that a helmet doesn’t do anything and actually makes cyclists ride recklessly. If you don’t always wear a helmet, here are some top reasons to reconsider the decision:
1. You Reduce the Risk of Head Injury
An Australian study found that wearing a helmet dramatically reduced the risk of both serious and minor head injuries among cyclists. Here’s exactly how much the study found helmets lower your risk of head injury:
- 51% less chance of head injuries
- 69% less chance of serious head injuries
- 65% less chance of fatal head injuries
This study is one of the most recent looks at bicycle helmets and serious brain injuries. Additionally, a Reuters study found similar results, with helmet users having a 52% lower risk of a severe traumatic brain injury and a 44% lower chance of death overall.
2. You Can See, Motorists See You
Most bicycle helmets come with some kind of visor that protects your eyes from the sun or the glair of other cars. Additionally, a light-colored helmet can help motorists or pedestrians see you in the road.
A NCBI study on helmet use among motorcycle users found that riders who opted to wear a white helmet had helmet had a 24% lower risk of being hit by cars. White isn’t the only color that stands out—the same study found that any “light” colored helmet reduced crash chances by 18%. While cycling certainly isn’t the same as riding a motorcycle, additional helmet visibility should still make a big difference.
3. You Set a Good Example
All too often we see parents riding with their children on bicycles—the children are wearing helmets, the parents are not. When you wear a helmet you’re making a statement, showing that you care about cycling safety and protecting the lives of youth riders for generations to come.
Helmet Isn’t Comfortable?
If your helmet is uncomfortable, it’s likely you’re wearing a helmet that doesn’t fit or a helmet that’s the wrong style for your preferred method of cycling. A helmet that comes down over your eyebrows or slides down to your lower neck, it’s too big. Helmets that are too small won’t fit completely over your head and won’t really protect you in the instance of a crash. Measure your head to know what size helmet you should buy. Some brands may have different sizes, but for the most part sizing is standard across the board.
A helmet is an inexpensive piece of equipment that could save your life one day!
*This article was created by Personal Injury Help (www.personalinjury-law.com), however this article is not intended to be legal advice nor should it be construed as such. Be sure to look up your local cycling ordinances to see if you’re legally required to wear a helmet!