Did you Know

Brain injuries account for more than 60 percent of motorcycle deaths? Wearing a Department Of Transportation (DOT) – approved helmet can significantly reduce the risk of brain injury… and even save your life.

New Jersey has a mandatory helmet law that requires motorcyclists to wear a protective helmet while riding. It’s a rider’s best defense against an injury or worse… a fatality.

Types of motorcycle helmets

      • Full-face helmets cover the entire head and most of the face. A clear acrylic visor slides over the view port to block out wind, rain and dust and to ease eye fatigue. These helmets are considered the safest in terms of protection, as they cover the widest area of the head and face.
      • Three quarter shell helmets are similar to full-face helmets, except they do not cover the face. The shell extends from the brow over the cranium to the base of the neck and forward over the ears. These helmets afford much of the same protection as full-face helmets.
      • Half shell helmets cover only the top half of the head. Though they weigh the least, half shell helmets don’t cover the ears, offer the least wind resistance and offer the least protection.
      • Modular helmets are a combination of the open-face motorcycle helmet and the full-face motorcycle helmet.  This style helmet permits the wearer to raise the helmet’s chin bar out of the way, allowing the rider to simply remove a barrier without removing their helmet.  There are many manufacturers making DOT approved modular helmets.

 

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Why should you replace your helmet every five years?

The five-year replacement recommendation is based on a consensus by both helmet manufacturers and the Snell Foundation.  In addition to normal “wear and tear”, the following can affect helmet liner materials and cause degradation:

  • glues, resins
  • hair oils, body fluids and cosmetics
  • petroleum-based products present in cleaners, paints, fuels and other commonly encountered materials

Experience indicates there will be a noticeable improvement in the protective characteristic of helmets over a five-year period due to advances in materials, designs, production methods and the standards. Thus, the recommendation for five-year helmet replacement is a judgment call stemming from a prudent safety philosophy.

“I dropped my helmet!  Do I have to buy a new one?”

Helmets are one-use items, but are quite durable otherwise, at least the certified ones. Frequent dropping or spiking a helmet on the ground, or other hard surfaces may eventually degrade the helmet’s performance.  Similarly, if the helmet falls to the ground at highway speeds unoccupied, some degradation may have occurred.   In general, the real damage comes when the helmet contacts an object with a head inside.  The Foundation recommends that if you participate in an activity requiring you to wear a helmet, you avoid hitting stuff with your head.  It can be difficult to readily determine if a helmet has been damaged, and the protective capabilities compromised without a thorough inspection by a trained professional.  Some manufacturers may provide this service or direct you to these others that can perform these inspections.  The Foundation recommends that if you suspect your helmet may be compromised, then replace it. If the helmet has been involved in an impact while in use, replace it.

Source: http://www.smf.org/helmetfaq#aWhyReplace
 

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