Bicycle helmets are arguably the most crucial piece of safety equipment when it comes to cycling safety. The importance of fitting yourself or your child properly and selecting the right helmet cannot be stressed enough. Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting a helmet:
- Size. Measure the circumference of your or your child’s head with tape measure, so you have an approximate idea when selecting a helmet size. Try on a variety of helmets before selecting one. Make sure the helmet fits now—do not buy one your child will “grow into.”
- Position. The helmet must sit level on your head, equally protecting the front and back. Riders should ensure it fits snug enough so that it does not move while riding. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends the front of the helmet be one to two finger width lengths above the rider’s eyebrow.
- Chin strap. The chinstrap should be snug, but not too tight—one or two fingers should fit under it comfortably. If it is uncomfortable, children may be less likely to wear it regularly.
Test the helmet before purchasing it—ride around with it on, if possible. Are you able to rotate your head comfortably? Can you yawn while wearing it? Do the buckles work easily and securely?
There is more information about cycling equipment and bicycle safety laws on our website. Call our office today at (858) 530-4800 for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been in an accident.
Tip of the week: According to the National Safety Council, the annual costs for bicycle accident injuries and deaths total over $4 billion.
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego bicycle accident attorney