by: Maricon Williams
Do you visualize yourself with a smashed head or a cracked skull because of a dreadful
collision? Well, this is not an impossible circumstance. In fact, this thing has happened to a great
number of motorcyclists who are stubbornly against the wearing of the same.
Whether you prefer wearing helmet or not, responsible riders must reconsider a lot of things
about helmets ?be it in connection to their riding safety or to others. Is it really worth the
wearing? What¡¯s inside your skull? Is it worth protecting? What are the qualities of a quality
helmet? Every rider must bombard his mind with these crucial queries.
Banging your head in a motorcycle mishap, falling into the ground and other terrible incident or
accident can harm one of the most vital parts of yo ur body which is the brain. In fact, it can harm
almost every part of your body thus, can definitely risk your life. In these circumstances,
motorcycle apparel can very well push the safety button. If not, it can reduce the risks to both the
riders and the passersby.
Bruising the brain is a big deal. We need not argue to that. That is already a given fact. Since the
brain controls every part of our body, it has to be given greater importance and protection. Brain
does not heal on its own. In fact, if the brain is bruised, it can lead to a permanent disability like
epilepsy. However, if you are that extremely ill- fated, just one collision can take away your
breath of life. This is the logic behind unhelmeted riding.
Helmets can spread out the impact of a collision and reduce its blow. It can also be considered as
a guard against violent pricks and banging. Riding without a helmet on is thus a bad idea.
Every part of the helmet is as equally important as the rest. Outer helmet shell spreads the force.
The strength of the outer shell is important to preclude pricks from going further. It is also
developed to make the rider conspicuous. Luminous colors are now used to promote conspicuity.
Its foam liners are also vital in the sense that it absorbs energy and reduce the possibility of
having a skull shock.
There are two primary testing standards for helmets. The first is that of the Federal Department
of Transportation (DOT) and that of the Snell Memorial Foundation (SNELL). Both of these
standards test for impact reduction, retention, shell penetration and peripheral vision. They only
differ in procedures and limits. However, their tests are reliable.
This article was posted on November 22, 2005