The Safety Standards for a Motorcycle Helmet

Riding a motorcycle is enjoyable and cool yet quite complex and dangerous. You will experience a sense of freedom in riding a motorcycle rather than riding in a car. However, there is a high risk of crashes in riding a motorcycle. With this, you have to observe some motorcycle safety tips.

5 Motorcycle Safety Tips

There is an increase of motorcycle accidents up to these days. According to United States Department of Transportation, the number of casualties per vehicle mile covered is 37 times higher for motorcycles than for automobiles. To ensure the safety of the motorcycle rider, the following must be observed:

1.Choose a Motorcycle that Fits You

It is very important that you buy a motorcycle that you can handle. You must choose a model that you are comfortable with such as controls and handlebars that are easy to reach or you can rest your feet flat without tiptoeing.

2. Have Antilock Brakes

Antilock brakes can be a lifesaver. Invest in it.

3. Equip yourself on How to Ride a Motorcycle Well

You can attend riding courses that would help you more skillful in riding a motorcycle. The courses tackle on the basics and advanced techniques.

4. Have the Right Attitude

Do not ride a motorcycle when you are drunk. You must also be alert and defensive on cars that are pulling out from the streets or suddenly changing lanes.

5. Wear the Right Safety Equipment

Motorcycle gears can protect you 99%. Among these gears are the jacket, pants, gloves, boots, and helmet. One of the most important gears is the motorcycle helmet. According to research, it can lessen death by 42% and risk of head injury by 69%.  A helmet is used to protect the head of a motorcycle rider in case there are impacts or crashes. It is also used for conveniences like face shield, intercom, ventilation, and ear protection, among others. It also protects the rider from cervical spine or neck injury. There are many types of helmet. And they are tested for safety. You must choose the helmets that pass the safety standards.

The DOT & Snell Motorcycle Helmet Safety Standards

It is essential that you choose the best helmet. The quality helmets must be certified by DOT and Snell. You can check if the helmet is certified by looking at the back of the helmet. The DOT and Snell have implemented a motorcycle helmet safety standard. This is to reduce the motorcycle accidents that may result to death or loss.

1.DOT Motorcycle Safety Helmet Standards

The DOT or the Department of Transportation emblem must be in compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard #218 or the FMVSS218. This standard is applicable for helmets that are sold in U.S. The FMVSS218 implements standards in the three areas of the helmet performances such as the penetration resistance, impact attenuation, and the retention system effectiveness.

The penetration resistance includes a piercing test striker onto the helmet from an elevated fixed height. The striker must not spike the helmet. The impact test includes standard peak acceleration energy of 400 G. The measurement of the acceleration of the head from inside the helmet when it is plunged must be 400 ft. /sec x seconds.

The retention system that includes locating the retention straps of the helmet under load. The load must be progressive. The first load of 22.7 kg that is applied for 30 seconds is increased by 136 kg for 120 seconds. Once there is a deflection, the helmet fails the test.

Other standards include projection from the surface of the helmet must not exceed 5mm and the peripheral vision must not be less than 105 degrees from the midline of the helmet.

2. Snell Memorial Foundation M2010 Motorcycle Helmet Standards

The Snell Memorial Foundation improves the helmet safety since it is founded in 1957. Snell sets its standards by also using some testing. It also requires a peripheral vision of 105 degrees from the midline of the helmet.

The standard peak acceleration that is allowed is 300 G. They use the free-fall drop test for the impact absorption testing. They drop a 3kg pointed striker onto the helmet from 3 meters height. When the striker penetrates, the helmet fails.

They also apply a 23 kg tension load on the strap of the helmet for one minute then remove the load and impart a 38 kg load to the closed strap system. This will result to failure once the strap is repelled. The helmets are also tested for flame resistance.

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