As a rider, wearing a motorcycle helmet, whether you ride for leisure or as an essential part of your transportation, is necessary. However, if you don’t know how to wear it correctly, it won’t do its job. You do not want that to happen since the consequences could be dire. Here are some of the mistakes new riders make with motorcycle helmets.
1. Not Fastening Your Chin Straps
Chin straps are what keeps the motorcycle helmet on your head. Without them, it is not even a helmet anymore, it is simply a cap. Some riders ignore fastening them because, honestly, it is not comfortable to wear, or maybe it simply irritates their skin. However, the reasons for not wearing a helmet aside, you need to consider the danger this could expose you to. An improperly worn helmet would literally ‘fly’ off the rider’s head in case of an accident. When this happens, chances of getting serious head injuries are real.
2. Wearing an Open Face Instead of a Full Face Helmet
The difference between a full-face and an open face helmet is that a full-face helmet comes with a jaw protection system, while an open face helmet does not. You really do not want to take any risks when it comes to accidents because anything could happen. So, having a jaw protection system by your side is a good idea. As the name ‘jaw protection system’ suggests, it protects the lower area of your face from any harm in case of an accident. Nevertheless, some riders still remove the jaw protection system, defeating the purpose of a full-face helmet.
3. Not Maintaining the Visor
A visor is what a windshield is to a car. It protects you from dust particles, wind, rain and even those small insects that somehow end up in your eyes. So, without it, a rider would be distracted and could end up causing an accident. Cleaning and maintaining the visor is important since, over time, dust and scratches can render it useless. It does not help to have a visor you cannot use because it’s scratched and too dusty to provide a rider with a clear view ahead. Compare a rider’s vision to someone who wears glasses driving without putting them on. Regularly cleaning and replacing the visor is a good habit every rider should develop.
4. Sticking your Phone inside the Helmet
Although talking on the phone while riding or even driving is illegal, most people still do it. Everyone wants to stay connected, or maybe it is just the fear of missing something interesting or important. Some riders place their phones between the motorcycle helmets and their ear. It makes it easy to take calls, but at the same time, it is a dangerous habit. The phone could cause the helmet to loosen up and fall off the rider’s head, leaving their head exposed to potential injuries in case of an accident. Besides, talking on the phone while riding distracts the rider, especially since some calls could get very emotional; and when emotions overwhelm a rider, their judgement is clouded and they may end up causing an accident.
While some take safety seriously, others just want to protect their ‘beautiful’ facial features, and in both cases, how you wear a helmet is important. So, stay safe and avoid these mistakes when riding your bike. If you would like to learn more, the motorcycle helmets website is a great reference for additional information and resources.