Bikers should take notice that it is motorcycle safety awareness month.
Most bikers take a long time to figure out which bike is right for them.
The purpose for which the motorcycle will be used, stylistic preferences,
individual personality, and bike brand are all used to determine which
motorcycle to purchase. However,
Experienced Poughkeepsie motorcycle accident attorneys advise that just as much time should also be spent on deliberating on
which type of helmet to purchase.
While we recognize that aesthetics will guide a lot of decisions, more
than such should guide a motorcyclist’s decision. The helmet should
fit properly, should be of the right configuration, and safety ratings
should be considered as well. Find out why it is very important to wear
a motorcycle helmet in the
blog post by our experienced attorneys by clicking here.
A helmet should also fit well because if it is uncomfortable, it could
become a distraction to have a loose helmet sliding around, rattling around,
irritating pressure points, and causing skin irritation while you are
trying to focus on the road. It is not much different than buying shoes
of the proper size. Walking around in ill fitting shoes makes it painful,
irritating, and unpleasant to walk or run anywhere. The same happens with
an ill fitting helmet while riding a motorcycle.
The shape of your head will affect the helmet that you purchase. It might
seem silly at first, but if your head shape is round in shape or more
like an oval, it will affect how a helmet fits and feels. Even if it is
sized right, the helmet might still be uncomfortable and even move around
if it is the wrong shape for your head.
We mentioned size, and such is always important when picking the right
helmet. Choose the right size first before falling victim to modifying
the helmet yourself. Modifying a helmet can reduce its efficacy and could
void a warranty.
As you know, there are many different categories of helmets, and the right
one to choose will depend on how your use your motorcycle. Touring helmets
are made for riders who travel longer distances when riding. Their ventilation
is different, sound reduction technology is different, and air flow is
vented differently. Modular helmets are more aerodynamic, and have multiple
configurations. They can also be put to more uses. Dual sport helmets
are just like they sound; they can be for the street, or for off-road
riding. One should expect these helmets to offer better peripheral vision.
Finally there is the high-viz helmet that enhances your visibility to
other motorists. And of course, if legally racing, the proper racing helmet
should be utilized.
Last but not least, always use a helmet with safety standards up to par
with DOT standards.
Are you interested in learning more safety tips and guidelines for motorcycle riders?
Read our latest article here to learn more general tips, choosing the proper helmet and clothing, and
taking a safety course to help avoid careless accidents.
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injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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