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Protecting your melon: Your guide to buying a bike helmet


March 17, 2018

A helmet is a biker’s best friend. To make sure you’re choosing yours wisely, have a read of this helmet guide from crash.org.au.

Crashes on motorcycles suck. Crashing on a motorcycle without the right helmet sucks even more. Which is why we’re bringing you these tips from CRASH – the Consumer Rating and Assessment of Safety Helmets that we partner with – so you’re in the know when it comes to choosing a helmet that will best defend your noggin while you’re out on the road.

 

Tip #1 – Buy brand new

It might seem like a more economical option at the time, but buying a second-hand helmet could end up costing you your life. First of all, it’s unlikely to fit perfectly. Even if it’s your usual size, the interior will probably have moulded to the previous owner’s head shape, which will be as unique as your own. Secondly, while helmets that have taken the brunt of a crash may not always show signs of external damage, that doesn’t mean it isn’t there – and that’s something you really don’t want to find out at a crucial moment.

 

Tip #2 – Make sure it’s snug

When it comes to helmets, you need the Goldilocks fit. Too large and you risk it being dislodged in a crash. Too small and you’re signing yourself up for a painful ride. To get one that fits just right, start by measuring around the largest part of your head (just above the ears) and take the measurement at the forehead. This will give you your rough helmet size, but remember to always make sure you physically try your preferred style on before you buy it. Your exact sizing may vary from brand to brand, model to model, or even year to year, so always go in-store rather than online.

 

Tip #3 – Light is right

Most of the time, staying safe comes down to staying visible. And choosing a lighter coloured helmet will help you do just that.

 

Tip #4 – Take the test

There are a few simple helmet tests you can try out to check it’s going to do its job in the event of a crash. Try twisting it side to side. If you can, it’s too loose, so think about trading down a size. Also ask someone to apply an upward force to the rear of the helmet at its base as you tilt your head forwards. If they can pull it off, chances are the force of a crash will do the same.

 

Tip #5 – Treat yourself

The average lifespan of a helmet is between three and five years, so the more rides you wear it on, the sooner you should be thinking about replacing it.

 

The right helmet will protect you if you take a tumble, but don’t forget to return the favour. Make sure all your gear is covered with motorcycle insurance from Swann.