Wednesday 18 September 2019

Use your head buying a helmet to save your life

Our advice is to always buy a new motorcycle helmet; never use a second-hand one
Our advice is to always buy a new motorcycle helmet; never use a second-hand one

RSA expert

Not everything that's fake in life is bad for you.

If you have teenagers at home you might be familiar with the dreaded fake tan.

For all the drama that goes with putting it on in our house, I know it's a safe alternative to a sunbed.

But some fakes can be dangerous and possibly even life-threatening.

A good example is the problem of fake motorbike helmets, which has become a live topic recently in the media.

One of the main areas of concern is that bikers are going online to purchase helmets.

While the internet is always a good bet for a bargain, you really do need to take extreme care if buying a helmet.

The helmet, after all, is probably the most important purchase a motorcyclist will ever make.

So what exactly is the problem? A UK motorcycle publication recently published the results of 50kmh simulated crash tests on motorcycle helmets that had been bought online.

The impact tests found that some of the helmets bought online, which did not conform to EU product safety standards, offered little protection.

Some actually split apart on impact.

The reality and harsh truth is that someone could pay the high price of acquiring a brain injury or possibly losing their life as a trade-off for a substandard cheap helmet.

All just to save a few euro.

A motorcyclist doesn't have the same level of protection from injury as a car driver so it's so important that they have proper personal protection from top to toe.

Our advice is to always buy a new motorcycle helmet; never use a second-hand one. It is also important to never wear a cracked or scratched helmet or one that has been dropped.

Buy your helmet from a reputable dealer who will be able to talk about your requirements, offer advice on the different types of helmet available and, more importantly, measure you for an exact fit.

Remember helmets are not a one-size-fits-all option.

We always advise riders not to buy a helmet online.

You will not be able to try the helmet on for correct fit or may not be able to check if the helmet has been tested or certified to the necessary European product standard which is ECE 22.05 standard. Look for the 'E' mark.

Regardless of the type of helmet, make sure that the retention straps fitted to the shell have some type of restriction system to prevent the strap pulling through the buckle.

Look for a stitched folded ridge across the end of the strap.

Irish Independent

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