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The helmet is The protector of all motorcycle riders!
Do you know that 80% of craniocerebral injuries from motorcycle accidents are due to the fact that the rider was not wearing a protective helmet?
Find out how many types of motorbike helmets are on the market and how you can choose the right one.
From ancient times until today, the helmet has been used to protect the head from blows, possible falls, impact or a sharp object with the ultimate goal of protecting the brain from breaking the human skull and fatal death.
The first protective helmet designed specifically to absorb impact was created by Professor Charles F. Lombart of the University of California in 1953.
From then until today, the evolution of the motorcycle helmet for two-wheelers has been rapid, offering a plethora of benefits to the user such as sound insulation, protection of the face by ensuring visibility, comfort with secure attachment, aerodynamics, etc.
The most important advantage of a motorcycle helmet is that it absorbs impact energy.
When the protective engine helmet is struck, the pressure it will receive will be distributed to the human skull on a large scale due to its morphology and internal lining to absorb impact energy. Otherwise, without the protective helmet, the blow will be trapped on the injured surface due to the structure (global) of the human skull, increasing the chances of causing severe head injury.
The largest percentage of motorcyclists involved in a car accident without a motorcycle helmet end up in M.E.TH.
An earlier study in America (Science Times - 09/07/1992) He pointed out that those cyclists who wore a protective motorcycle helmet at the time of the accident were slightly injured than those who did not.
The four-year study was based on the medical records of about 4 motorcyclists involved in a car accident and were treated at the University of California Medical Center.
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Types of protective motor helmets and in which categories are they divided?
Over the years, different types of motorcycles have been created. Therefore, for the similar type of each two-wheeler, different protective helmets were made in order to cover the needs of each rider.
Protective helmets for two-wheelers are divided into 5 categories.
1) Full Face Machine Helmet
The Full Face type helmet is the first of all helmets and fits all over the head. With its back it covers the base of the human skull and with its front part it protects the chin. Its most important advantage is the increased protection against impact energy. However, many motorcycle drivers complain of high temperatures, a sense of isolation, shortness of breath, hair loss and hearing loss.
2) Off Road / Motocross Machine Helmet
In the Off Road / Motocross motorcycle helmet, compared to the Full Face motorcycle helmet, the protective points on the chin and face have been extended, having partially open part of the face. This gives more protection to the rider's face due to the fact that he usually wears special glasses while allowing air to flow.
3) Modular / Flip up Machine Helmet
Many Modular / Flip up type machine helmets are mainly designed for indoor use (where a two-wheeler usually moves at low speeds) and not for travel because they do not have the same strength limits as Full Face helmets and the chances of neck injury are increased. This motorcycle helmet has become popular because the rider can easily consume food and drink, communicate with the companion, wear his glasses without having to undo the protective undercarriage and remove the helmet.
4) Open Face Machine / 3/4
The Open Face / 3/4 type protective helmets cover the following parts of the face: the ears, the cheeks, the back of the head but lag behind the protective subsonic that a Full Face type helmet has. However, the Open Face / 3/4 type protective helmet provides exactly the same protection on the back of the human head as a Full Face type helmet, but minimal protection on the face even from unexpected events. (eg bugs, dust, wind).
5) Half Face / Shorty Machine Helmet
The Half Face / Shorty type helmet provides the minimum protection that a protective helmet can offer a rider even though it has exactly the same front end as an Open Face type helmet but without the lower back. The only way to protect yourself from possible objects is to wear glasses.
Due to their inferiority in safety issues compared to other types of motorcycle helmets, some motorcycle safety agencies consider them prohibitive.
All of the above types of protective machine helmets are usually secured with a protective underlay (strap) on the chin or with clips and if it is not tied or not tied properly then their protective abilities are dramatically reduced.
However, there are different types of machine helmets that are not designed for all types of motorcycles and yet it is observed that they are used by several drivers.
How to choose the right motorcycle helmet?
The first and most important criterion is to meet all the necessary safety standards, ie to have a type approval against ECE R22.05 either against Sharp or against Snell.
The type approval is given after up to 32 multifaceted strength tests of the engine helmet, which are made at a fixed non-deformable obstacle (with 6,00 m / s or 21,60 Km / h, 7,50 m / s or 27,00 Km / h and 8,06 m / s or 29,00 Km / h).
In many cases, an economical choice of motorcycle helmet may not meet the required specifications and may only be approved by the country of manufacture. (eg E1 = Germany, E2 = France, etc.).
It is important to know the material of construction of the shell of the protective helmet.
In almost all protective helmets their shell consists of a mixture of fiberglass, carbon, kevlar and polycarbonate.
Various scientific studies have shown that fiberglass or carbon shell helmets have excellent impact resistance and high resistance to time while polycarbonate is an excellent material but does not show great durability and shows increased weight.
The second most important criterion is that the engine helmet fits properly on the rider's head.
If we exclude the safety that a motorcycle helmet should provide us, we should also feel comfortable when we wear it. (first quality fabric, hypoallergenic, etc.).
A little secret is that when you try on a protective motorcycle helmet you have to wear it for at least 5 minutes and then judge if it is bothering you.
When you remove it from your head, just look in a mirror and if you see redness on your face, you better choose another one.
Your cheeks should feel a pressure, which is temporary, so that there is proper application. The special lining inside the engine helmet has the ability to adapt to the shape of each rider's face.
7 Easy and Simple Steps on how to choose the right protective helmet
1) Measure the perimeter of your head.
2) Depending on the result, you choose the appropriate helmet size (small, medium, large).
3) It is important that the engine helmet is stable and tight on your head while offering you comfort.
4) If you can't place your finger between your forehead and the protective helmet then you are the right size.
5) Hold the engine helmet well with both hands and turn your head left and right to see if it is moving uncontrollably.
6) Try to get it out of your head so you can check if it is positioned correctly.
7) Depending on the type of motorcycle helmet, try wearing sunglasses or eyeglasses and see if they bother you.
Another criterion when choosing a helmet is the protective gel.
The gel should be anti-glare, not scratched and fully applied when closed. Its purpose is to provide adequate sound insulation and eliminate the possibility of water ingress while driving in the rain because there may be risks of a car accident. (cf. Find out what dangers poses driving on a wet road).
Choose a protective helmet with removable interior and good paint quality because this way it is easier to wash and clean.
The New Age in the protective helmet
All motorcycle drivers love the freedom that the open road offers them without the helmet.
However, few of them know that craniocerebral injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents.
Eighty percent of two-wheeler drivers who end up in a car accident have suffered a head injury.
Halo Active (www.haloactive.com) After years of study, many motorcycle deaths, although wearing helmets, were caused by an increase in the temperature of the human brain.
For this reason, he created the world's first protective motorcycle helmet (Helm Therma) which provides active security.
To be precise, this helmet contains an endothermic technology that instantly freezes its interior in the event of a severe blow to the head.
Halo Active recognized as a possible fact that a two-wheeler driver lying unconscious on the road or in some location was lying down and needed immediate help.
For this reason he invented a system that ensures the direct communication of the operating system of the machine helmet with the uniform emergency number (112).
5 Myths and Reality about the helmet
These myths show that many motorcyclists do not know enough about the protection of the motorcycle helmet and neglect its usefulness. Unfortunately, for most people, a motorcycle helmet is nothing more than a decorative element used to avoid being called to a possible inspection by a police body!
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