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Motorcycle owners understand just how risky it is to ride a motorcycle in comparison to other vehicles. The fact that motorcycles run on two wheels means that it has less stability compared to larger vehicles. Also with its small size comes a disadvantage when colliding with other vehicles on the road. Its small size also means that the force of the collision would mostly be directed to the smaller vehicle, thereby propelling the smaller one which is the motorcycle, several feet from the point of impact. Even a slow-speed impact can launch motorcycles.

This is why it's always a good idea to read up on motorcycle safety tips and know them by heart. On that note, it's also highly advised to have the common sense and discernment to determine which of advice (especially ones coming from the Internet) are myths and which ones are sensible. A lot of safety myths can lead to dangerous situations. In some blogs or comments found around the web, there are people advising against wearing a helmet. Their stand is that the helmet does nothing but provide a false promise of safety. It supposedly inhibits one's driving skills.

These bad tips go against the empirical truth from numerous tastings that a helmet provides a significant buffer of protection during a motorcycle accident. One might be surprised at how resilient motorcycle helmets are in absorbing impact. But then again, there are some motorcycle helmets that aren't up to standards. These helmets are giving regulated motorcycle helmets a bad name. This is why it's a must for a motorcycle owner to know how to pick a reliable one among the different choices available.

A fool proof method of picking a reliable brand or model is to check if it is certified by the DOT (Department of Transportation). This certification should be mandatory when choosing a helmet because it simply means that the manufacturing of that particular line of helmet brand and model has gone through thorough testing and passed stringent standards. Checking for a DOT certification should not be skipped. Not even for a significantly cheaper and cool-looking helmet.

Another thing to consider when choosing a motorcycle helmet is comfort and fit. These two go hand in hand to ensure that the motorcycle driver's focus and reflexes aren't compromised. In order to be safe on the road, it's imperative to have a fully functioning nervous system. An ill-fitting helmet can lead to either of these: constriction of blood vessels if too tight, leading to bad judgment calls or compromised movements if it's too loose.

Coverage is also an important factor to consider. Though most of the time, the general advice is to buy one that covers the entire head to ensure optimal protection. People who have been riding motorcycles for years and have not encountered an accident might get too complacent. This leads to overconfidence which makes them wear helmets that expose too much of their head. Some end up wearing none at all. And maybe end up giving bad advice on the Internet about how not wearing one is great, which is, as mentioned earlier, entirely a false notion.

Posted Mar 14, 2017 at 2:53am

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