Crash helmets have been around for some time now and it has been proven that it is somewhat of a lifesaver. Why you may ask? Simple, our head is like one big watermelon. Have you ever seen what happens when a watermelon is dropped from the height of an average person or even flung ahead simulating a head on collision? It just breaks open with a splat upon hitting the ground. Liquid oozing out of its shell and at times it just breaks apart into many tiny mushy pieces.
Now imagine your head. Imagine this precious part of the body being dropped or even flung ahead in a head on collision. Ever imagined what would happen? Has it happened to you? Well it has for me. I was just 17 years of age when i was involved in a side head on collision with a car that came out of a junction despite me having right of way. Everything was just slow motion during the hit coupled with the flying scene like Superman over the car. But the moment you hit the ground….everything changes…you are now back in real time…I still remember the landing after flying over the car….I landed on my head and rolled several times before coming to a halt. If not for the helmet…it would have been one very short life experience on earth. Not a very pleasant experience I must say.But one I will remember for the rest of my life..I was lucky to just get away with abrasions to the left knee which left me in bed for a week with a swollen knee and elbow, a blood clot toe and of course a bruised ego. But hey I was alive to live another day.
That saying, why are some riders still not taking the helmet seriously? There has also been many trying to prove a theory that helmets break necks, block views, impair hearing and so forth. But they have been consistently disproved of.
So what is the actual reason for not wanting to take a helmet seriously?
Here are some of our guesses:
- I wanna ride in the wind
- I don’t look good in it
- Nothing’s gonna happen to me
- Its just down the road
- Real bikers don’t need helmets
- and the shenanigans and justifications go on and on
But when disaster strikes you’ll be regretting it for the rest of your life.That is…if you are still ALIVE..
So be a sensible person and be a safety-conscious rider. Be responsible to you and your loved ones. PUT THAT SHELL ON THAT SKULL. You only have one for life…Protect it.
Overtime with advancement of technology, we are seeing a vast array of helmet selections ranging from the traditional open faced,modular right up to the full faced helmets.
But what do we actually know about shopping for the right helmet. We are all not born with the same head circumference or shape. So how to we shop for a helmet that will suit our individual needs?
Well before we even go there, let’s get some insights of a helmet first. Different helmets do different things. For example, there are hard hats for the construction industry, helmets for the athletic sports industry and even Kevlar® caps for the military.
Point to note, none of it are interchangeable with one another especially when comes to riding a motorcycle. Why? Because motorcycle helmets are sophisticatedly designed and specialized for the activity. They have also been carefully and scientifically advanced over the years.
What you need to know are the four basic components that work hand in hand in providing optimal protection to a riders head they are 1) the outer shell 2) an impact-absorbing liner 3) the comfort padding 4) the retention system.
The outer shell is usually made of fiber-reinforced composites or thermoplastics like polycarbonate. It is tough yet designed to compress to disperse or lessen energy and force before it reaches your head upon impact of an accident. However it needs to work hand in hand with the other 3 components.
The impact-absorbing liner is usually made of expanded polystyrene yes you heard right…polystyrene that we usually think nothing of it. This dense layer cushions and absorbs shock as the helmet stops when your head wants to keep on moving. Both the shell and the liner compresses when hit hard, spreading the forces of impact throughout the entire helmet. The more impact-energy deflected or absorbed, the less there is of it to reach your head and brain and do damage.
Some helmet shells are designed to deform, crack or break upon severe impact to absorb shock. Impact damage from a crash to the non-resilient liner may be invisible to the eye and it may look normal, but it may have little or no protective value left and should be replaced.
The comfort padding or lining is the soft foam-and-cloth layer that sits next to your head. It assists in proper fitting and keeps your head comfortable. In some helmets, this padding can even be taken out for cleaning or to be replaced with new ones or or for size change.
Retention system aka chin strap
The retention system aka chin strap is the vital component that completes the link. It is the one piece that keeps the helmet on your head during an impact. The chin strap is connected to each side of the shell. It only takes of couple of seconds fasten it and that would be the vital factor between life and death in an event of an impact. Fasten your chin strap securely otherwise best not to wear a helmet at all.
We hope this has helped you know understand the crash helmet and its importance a little better. It’s a LIFE SAVER
REMEMBER…NO GEAR….NO RIDE!! Ride responsibly.
Last modified: October 5, 2016