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A Guide to Purchasing the Perfect Motorcycle Helmet

Purchasing a motorcycle helmet is the most important thing you can do for your safety while riding a motorcycle.  However, not all helmets are built the same and in most cases you get what you pay for.  Protecting your brain in the event of an accident should be a top priority for any rider. If you have any doubts, watch a Gary Busey interview.

Before you purchase your helmet, you need to look at some key points for motorcycle helmet safety.  There are many helmets available but only those that meet minimum safety requirements should be used. There is the DOT certification and the Snell certification. The DOT is designed to establish the minimum impact with which a helmet can protect the rider's head in the event of a collision.  The Snell certified helmets take this principle a step further and test the helmets at a higher impact level.  For maximum protection, a Snell helmet has been tested at higher extremes and usually provides more protection.

There are different types of helmets that have all been certified for impact safety. However, some do no protect the face from flying debris.  Helmets without face protection increase the possibility of the rider experiencing eye injury or other injury to the face from flying rocks and other debris that might become a projectile while on the open road. Although many motorcycle riders like the feeling of having the open air in their face, consideration should be given to protecting vulnerable areas when not involved in a collision.

Another important point of protection with a helmet is one of fit.  If the helmet comes off during an accident, it's not going to provide the intended protection to the head.  This is why it's vital that a motorcycle helmet fit firmly in place. A good test would be to try to roll the helmet forward and off of your head with the chinstrap in place. If you can remove the helmet, it's too loose and won't provide adequate protection.

Riding a motorcycle provides the rider with the thrill of the open road. However, riding safely means taking precautions before you get on the bike. A key component to your safety is wearing an adequately fitting certified helmet that provides protection and will stay in place. Before you take to the open road, put your brain in a protective bucket so you'll live to ride another day should the unexpected happen.