Don't wait until you've had a crash to buy your first bike helmet. If you don't already own one, go shopping now and use these simple suggestions to make the right purchase.
You will need
Step 1 Find the sticker Find the sticker that certifies that your helmet meets established safety standards. This will usually be a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sticker or an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) sticker.
Step 2 Choose color Choose a bright, highly-visible color for your helmet to help drivers see you. This is in addition to, not in lieu of, reflective gear and other safety lights.
Step 3 Examine vents Examine the vents on your helmet. Large vents reduce your level of protection, but some venting is necessary to keep your head cool.
Step 4 Check the fit Put the helmet on and make sure there are no gaps between the padding and your head. It should sit level and cover your forehead from a couple of inches above your eyebrows.
Step 5 Fasten the straps Fasten the straps so that the helmet is snug but not tight. Shake your head around and then try to pull the helmet off; you should not be able to.
If your helmet gets damaged, worn out, or is involved in a crash, make sure to replace it.
Step 6 Wear it Wear your helmet every time you ride, even if you are just going down the block. It can’t protect you if it is not on your head.
Did You Know:
A study performed in New York found that 97 percent of bicyclists who died in accidents were not wearing a helmet.