Bike helmets are an important safety device for every age. It is a common sight to find that the parents take it lightly when the matter of purchasing a helmet for their children comes to the forefront. It is, however, imperative that the child is also giving the due safety device if the child is often commuting as a pillion rider on motorcycles.
Choosing the right helmet is the beginning of your child’s safety as the helmet has to be accurate for your child. Just like an airbag in a car can save an adult from an accident, the same airbag can be dangerous to the child. So here are a few ways in which you can choose the right helmet for the little head.
- Choose a helmet that is approved by the laws set by “Snell”, DOT or ASTM and ANSI standards.
- Do not go by the price of the helmet. It has been proven in reality that an inexpensive helmet can provide equal safety to an expensive one. The prices vary due to the difference in how easy is the fit, the graphics on the helmet and the vents.
- FIT- When you go to the store to purchase a helmet for your kid make sure your child accompanies you so that you can see whether the helmet fits snugly on your child’s head. It should be a little snug as after some days of wearing the comfort liners gets compressed and the helmet automatically loosens up.
- See carefully whether there are enough vents provided with the helmet if you chose to buy a full helmet with a visor. A child would only prefer to wear a helmet if it allows him to breathe freely.
- Make sure the helmet is exactly of the right size. Never purchase a helmet that is of a larger size than your child’s head circumference.
- Buy a helmet that protects your child’s delicate neck. But if the helmet you are buying has a neck roll, then check it is sitting in the right position. Sometimes neck rolls may push the helmet forward obstructing the vision or even it has a risk of coming off in the case of an accident.
- After wearing the helmet check to be sure if there are any pinching spots on the forehead or head. This can be very uncomfortable if the child has to wear such a helmet for long journeys.
- When you buy the helmet there should be no gap between the temple of your kid and the eye port gasket of the helmet. The helmet should end with a two finger space above the eyebrows with a two finger space and there should be only one finger space between the ear, even the chin, and the helmet. This is to be checked to ensure that nothing can go into the helmet and affect the organs in case of a fall.