Under Washington State Law RCW 46.37.530, it is unlawful for any person to operate a motorcycle without wearing a helmet. However, wearing a motorcycle helmet alone isn’t enough for protection. Rather, the motorcycle helmet fit is as important as purchasing the item itself.
Motorcycle helmet fit can be the difference between getting a skin graft and emerging unscathed, a traumatic brain injury or mild harm in the event of a motorcycle accident. Here’s how to achieve a great motorcycle helmet fit.
Start by Measuring Your Head
Helmets come in different sizes. By knowing your head measurements, you’ll have a better idea of which helmet size is just right for you. Using a tape measure, measure around your head approximately one inch above your eyebrows/below your hairline.
Then, find a helmet size that matches your measurements. If your head is in between two sizes, choose the smaller helmet. One that is too big may move around, which can be dangerous.
Check for Snugness and Comfort
Once you’ve determined your helmet size and picked a helmet, the next step is trying it on and assessing snugness and comfort. The right helmet should fill secure, but not too tight. If a helmet is too tight, it can cause major discomfort, making it painful to wear for long periods of time.
The helmet’s inner lining and top pad should both press against your head, and the cheek pads should be touching your cheeks. If linings or pads aren’t making contact with your head/cheeks, the helmet is too big.
Test Your Helmet by Moving Your Head
The easiest way to test whether or not your helmet fits as it should is to put it on, fasten it, and then move your head. Look for these danger signals.
- Gaps between the brow pads and your temples
- Helmet face shield touching your face
- Helmet sliding back and forth on your head
Learn More About Your Safety While Riding a Motorcycle
The right helmet is a key component of your safety, but it’s not everything. Read about the importance of checking your blind spots, cold weather riding tips and other safety advice on the motorcycle accident blog of Max Meyers Law PLLC. If you are in a motorcycle accident, we’d be glad to represent you. Call us at to learn more.