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.
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.
TIP: 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.
FACT: A study performed in New York found that 97 percent of bicyclists who died in accidents were not wearing a helmet.