How to Buy a Bicycle Helmet: 7 Tips to Remember

In 2012, 49 people in King County – which includes Redmond – suffered serious injuries in bike accidents, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Wearing proper safety gear like helmets might help reduce injury severity, or in some cases, prevent injury altogether. Wearing a helmet is one of the most important safety measures you can take when riding a bike. You take a risk when riding your bike without a helmet. Read on for seven tips explaining how to buy a bicycle helmet that’s right for you.

1. Make Sure Helmet Size is Right

Everyone has a differently sized head, and a helmet that isn’t the right size won’t offer the same level of protection as a properly sized helmet. Before purchasing a helmet, measure your head to find your size. Then try on a variety of helmets, testing them out until you find the size that fits just right.

2. Check the Helmet Straps

Not only should the helmet fit on your head well, but the helmet straps also should fit securely around your ears and chin. When buckled, you should be able to fit no more than one finger in the space between your chin and the helmet strap.

3. Pay Attention to Helmet Position

The position of the helmet on your head is very important. The helmet should rest level on the top of your head, and the space between your eyebrows and the edge of the helmet should equal about two fingers-widths of space. If the helmet is tilted too far back, it won’t provide the level of protection it should.

4. Make Sure the Helmet Has Property Safety Certification Stickers

Before buying a helmet, make sure it has a CPSC sticker inside it, which is the sticker that’s used to indicate that the helmet meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards required by law.

5. Think About the Helmet’s Purpose

If you’re a person who’s using the helmet for more than just basic commuting or bicycling, you might want to consider purchasing a specific type of helmet. The main types of helmets are sport or multi-use helmets, road bike helmets and mountain bike helmets. Each type of helmet can provide additional comforts based on your activity needs. A mountain bike helmet, for example, is usually distinguished by its visor, which can provide extra safety in the form of sun protection.  

6. Buy a Helmet That Fits Your Child Right Now

If you’re purchasing a helmet for a child, it might be tempting to purchase a helmet that the child will grow into. However, buying a helmet that fits the child’s head now is essential for his or her safety. Remember that helmets wear over time, and you should replace your helmet when it is cracked or damaged, every five years, or when it no longer fits, whichever is first.

7. Make Sure the Helmet is Secure

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that if the helmet rocks back and forth when you move your head, the helmet is not secure and therefore is not safe. If your helmet moves when you move your head, readjust the straps, turn the fitting wheel at the back of the helmet or choose a different size if necessary.

When You Need an Attorney

We hope these tips will help you learn how to buy a bicycle helmet that keeps you safe in the event of an accident. But while a helmet can offer a lot of added protection, accidents still happen. If you’ve been involved in a bike accident and you sustained injuries, you need legal help. At Max Meyer Law, PLLC, our attorneys know how important it is that you get the benefits you need.

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