Cycling is generally considered as a very safe activity. You can cover distances taking your time without being dependent on anybody, save fuel costs and also get your daily quota of useful physical exercise. However, reckless driving on the part of other drivers and by some cyclists has led to many accidents over the years with some of them being fatal.
The main reason identified was lack of protection to the head of the cyclist who invariably was knocked off his cycle and fell to the ground. That prompted traffic authorities to make the wearing of cycle helmets compulsory and though there was resistance initially from many who felt that these helmets did not allow them the freedom of movement they were used to, good sense, threat of stringent action by the traffic police by way of levies and active public awareness campaigns have ensured that all cyclists and motorcyclists now wear helmets. This has helped bring down the number of deaths due to head injuries in road accidents. Helmet manufacturers too have contributed a great deal in coming out with helmets that are easy to wear, make a style statement and also provide safety along with comfort.
As a cyclist, you should take care and spend as much time buying that helmet as you do in selecting the bike for yourself. After all, you cannot take a chance with your life and you need to be suitably prepared with the recommended protection gear. Fortunately, the choice today is a wide one and given below are some tips to help you find the right helmet.
a) Do not look at the price of the helmet when making a choice. This is one item where you should not be making a decision on buying something cheap. Your life is priceless and unless you are really strapped for cash, you should be buying something that is costly as you can be sure of the level of protection and comfort. Moreover, there would be other features that such helmets would invariably have which would also make your riding experience a comfortable one.
b) The next parameter is the size. Ideally, the helmet should fit you such that it should not fall towards the front of your face as you bend down even without the strap fastened.
c) The third point is the kind of ventilation provision the helmet has. The common perception that more gaps or holes in the helmet would make it less protective is not a correct one. Manufacturers are now able to make the best of lightweight helmets with adequate ventilation without compromising on the safety and protection capability of the helmet.
There is really no excuse in today’s times for not wearing cycle helmets. There are many brands that are reputed and with prices also coming down due to increased demand, you should be able to find one of your choice quite easily in order to enjoy your cycle or motorcycle ride even better.