Put a lid on it – wear your helmet

german-adIf you get into a serious accident, wearing a helmet will probably save your life. According to a 1989 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, riders with helmets had an 85% reduction in their risk of head injury and an 88% reduction in their risk of brain injury. That’s an overwhelming number that’s backed up study after study. Nearly every study of hospital admission rates, helmeted cyclists are far less likely to receive serious head and brain injuries. These studies confirm that when we’re out for a spin on our bikes: We are exposed. Vulnerable. Needing of some level of protection.

Sharing (or wrestling) road space from a never-ending stream of one-tonne metal vehicles can be very intimidating. As a cyclist you are completely exposed. Cars and trucks are constantly zipping around you and there is no metal cage around you to protect yourself. A helmet provides a level of protection from this danger.

Cycling is the sport that has the most head injuries from any other sport, and since children are exposed to the sport at a very young age the necessity to get them into the habit in wearing a helmet is extremely important.

Studies in the USA showed that 90% of cycling deaths in the USA where cyclist who did not wear a helmet at the time of the accident.

Steps to a Correct Bike Helmet Fit

Step 1: Size
Don’t buy a helmet without trying it on for size. Make sure the helmet fits snugly. While it is sitting flat on top of your head, make sure the helmet cannot move side to side.

Sizing Pads
Sizing pads come with new helmets; use them if you need a more secure fit. You can remove the extra pads if your child’s head grows.

Universal Fit Ring
If the helmet has a universal fit ring instead of pads, adjust the ring size to fit snugly on your head.

Step 2: Position

The helmet should sit LOW on your forehead. There should only be one or two finger-widths above your eyebrow. Your should be able to look upward and see the front rim of your bicycle helmet on your own head.

Step 3: Side Straps

The left and right side straps should form a “Y” and meet right below your ear.  The side straps may be easier to adjust if you take the helmet off your head.  Roll the little rubber band as close to the side straps as possible to prevent slipping.

Step 4: Chin Strap (Buckle)
Buckle the chin strap. Tighten the chin strap until it is snug. No more than one finger should be able to fit under the strap. Take a look at the first image at the top of the post to see how this should look.

Step 5:  Final Check

  1. Does the helmet fit right? Open your mouth really wide! The helmet should pull down on the head. If it does not, then refer to Step 4 and re-adjust the chin strap.
  2. Is your helmet in the right position on your forehead?When looking up, you should be able to see the front of the helmet visor. If you can’t see it, unbuckle and tighten the side straps, retighten the chin strap and test again.
  3. Does your helmet lean forward into your eyes?If so, unbuckle the helmet, re-adjust the side straps/chin strap and test again.
  4. Does your helmet slip and move while you shake your head? You may need to apply the sizing pads for a more snug fit or readjust the universal fit ring if your helmet has one.
  5. Roll the rubber band down to the buckle.All four straps must go through the rubber band and be close to the buckle to prevent the buckle from possibly slipping

Stop being an idiot – put a lid on it! Be safe and enjoy the ride.

Sources: We Treat Kids Better, Google