In some states, such as Florida, it’s legal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet. I ride on these and I can’t imagine not having a helmet on my head at all times. For some bizarre reason, there are those individuals who feel it’s necessary to ride without one, but I want to point out why you should wear one. It’s not because I do, but it’s because of the sheer fact of safety. Riding should be fun, not life threatening.
How Helmet Types Protect
Helmets are made of quite a few different components. If you have a full face helmet, which is probably one of the best motorcycle helmets for the money, they have plenty of padding and a protective shell. The shell disperses energy and the liner absorbs the impact of the fall. You also have the face shield that protects your eyes and face from debris and gives you good vision while out on the road.
Half shell helmets protect the head, but they aren’t as protective as the full face ones. They are simply a half helmet that sits on the top of your head and are secured by a chin strap. Unfortunately, these don’t protect your face as a full face helmet would. They’re pretty much the bare minimum that you could possibly have.
Open face helmets, or ¾ helmets, are just like full faced except they don’t have a face shield. They do offer more comfort and support than a half shell would, but still no face visor. They’re also very affordable and have a ton of options. These will protect the side and top of your head from impact.
Motorcycle Safety Statistics
In 2013, an alarming 4,668 riders were killed in in traffic incidents. This went down from the previous year, but that’s still a lot of people who lost their lives doing something that they enjoy. It’s estimated by NHTSA that helmets saved the lives of 1,630 riders in this same year. If all of the riders were wearing helmets, an additional 715 lives may have been saved. It was shown that 59% of these individuals were in states without universal helmet laws as opposed to 8% who were in states with universal helmet laws.
Helmets may not seem like such a big deal to individuals, but they really are an essential life saving piece of equipment that you should be wearing at all times, whether or not they are mandatory. It may take a little while to choose which one you want, but it will all be worth it when you’re protected that one and only time you may ever drop your bike, not to say it will ever happen, but just in case.
Not everybody is going to have the same outlook on motorcycle helmets as I do, but I will always wear one and I think that it’s important that one is always worn. They come in all different colors, sizes, shapes, designs, and you can even have them custom made for you. Don’t let an accident completely ruin your life because you chose not to protect your head. Do the right thing and invest in a great helmet.