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Finding the Right Bicycle Helmet for You

As a cyclist, one of the most important safety measures you can take is to wear a bicycle helmet. In recognition of Bicycle Safety Month, let's discuss the importance of wearing a helmet and tips for finding the right one that fits your needs.

The Importance of Bicycle Helmets

According to statistics from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, there were more than 230 bicycle-related crashes in Oklahoma in 2021 involving both cyclists and non-motorists. In these crashes, 13 cyclists were killed, and an additional 226 were injured. Wearing a helmet could have helped prevent some of these injuries and fatalities.

It is estimated that helmets are 25 to 55 percent effective in preventing or reducing head injuries due to bicycle accidents, so having an appropriate helmet is essential for any cyclist.

Choosing the Right Bicycle Helmet

When selecting a bicycle helmet, it is essential to know that not all helmets are created equal. Ensuring that your helmet is certified by standards set for protection is crucial. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sets standards for helmets that are sold in the United States. When purchasing a helmet, look for the CPSC certification to know that the helmet meets the required safety standards.

There are three types of bicycle helmets: road, mountain, and recreation/skateboard. Each type boasts a different design for a specific cycling activity. However, all three types offer the same level of protection.

While choosing the right helmet for your cycling activity is important, the fit of the helmet is equally important. Here are some tips on how to find the right fit:

Measure the size of your head

Using a soft tape measure, measure the circumference of your head. Ensure that the tape measure is snug but not tight. The measurement should be taken about an inch above your brows.

Check the sizing chart

Review the sizing chart for the helmet brand you are considering. The sizing chart will correspond to the measurement you obtained in step one. Most brands have a recommended size range based on head circumference.

Fit the helmet properly

The helmet should sit level on the head and not tilt forward or backward. The straps should be properly adjusted so that the helmet is snug but not tight. The strap should form a V shape under the ear, and should not be twisted.

Conduct a final check

Once the helmet is on, check for proper placement by looking in the mirror. The helmet should sit level on the head, and the front edge should rest about an inch above the brow.

Finding the right helmet is essential to your safety while cycling. Wearing a certified helmet that fits properly can provide a level of confidence on the road. Remember to check the certifications when purchasing, measure the size of your head, check the sizing chart, and fit the helmet properly. With these tips in mind, you can choose a helmet that will protect you while enjoying the thrill of cycling. Be safe and enjoy the ride!

Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Oklahoma City, OK

The experienced bicycle accident attorneys at Fulmer Sill can help you in many ways if you have been involved in a bicycle accident. They understand the complexities of bicycle accident cases and will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today at (405) 433-7414 or fill out our form online today for a free consultation.


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