Traffic laws or not, wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle is an absolute necessity. Helmets cannot prevent an accident but it could be the deciding life or death factor in the case of a collision. But more often than not, riders tend to pick helmets based on looks and comfort over practicality and safety.
*Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act ’88 states that:
Every person riding on a motorcycle of any class or description should wear protective headgear.
Where headgear stands for:
a) By virtue of its shape, material and construction, could reasonably be expected to afford to the person driving or riding on a motorcycle a degree of protection from injury in the event of an accident; and
b) Is securely fastened to the head of the wearer by means of straps or other fastenings provided on the headgear.
When buying a helmet, there are always certain criteria that need to be looked into: the type of helmet, protection level and the correct fit.
A couple of things to take into consideration for the best helmet fit:
· If you wear spectacles, make sure the helmet sits comfortably on your head while wearing them
· The helmet’s inside lining should not be too snug and tight, pressing on your ears.
· Pick a helmet that suits the shape of your head
Types of Helmets:
Not many people realize that the type of helmet they buy should depend upon the type of riding they’re going to do.
Full-face helmets are the most recommended. The all-around head and chin coverage offers maximum protection making it the most popular and safest choice. They’re suitable for city commute as well as for high speeds. This helmet type also passes the aesthetic test in the looks department as it comes with unlimited designs, graphic elements and customization.
Flip-up Touring helmet:
Flip-up helmets are generally heavier due to their flip mechanism. Although it’s a variation of the full-face option, they are easier to put on and come with an integrated visor. This makes them a popular choice amongst travellers as they are a lot more comfortable for long distances.
Jet and Police Helmets:
Not the safest of choices, because they don’t offer as much protection as a full-face helmet with chin coverage. They are usually considerably lighter and airier in hot weather and are more suited to city commute; hence these helmets are not meant for high speeds.
Open-face or Skullcap helmet:
Unfortunately, due to our constant hot weather, a lot of commuters wear an open-face or skull helmet. A skullcap helmet may look comfortable and provide plenty of airflow on hot days, however, these are not recommended as they barely ensure any protection for the sides of your face.
Today’s market is filled with so many helmet choices, it’s easy to find one that checks all the right boxes for your safety, comfort and even looks. But the main point to remember is, while all helmets don’t provide complete safety, they do provide some level of safety; so, always wear a helmet!