How Helmets Save Lives
According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,014 motorcyclists died in traffic crashes in 2019 — and not every rider uses a helmet. The NHTSA also reported that only 71% of riders wore helmets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that helmets can reduce the risk of death by 37% and reduce head injuries by 69%. Here’s why every rider in Missouri should wear a helmet.
Missouri Motorcycle Helmet Laws
As of August 28, 2020, bikers at least 26 years old are not required to wear a helmet if they have health insurance to cover treatment should they sustain a head injury in a motorcycle crash. Since data support wearing a helmet reduces the risk of death and head injuries, wearing a helmet while out for a ride is the better choice. Read on to learn how to find the best helmet fit for optimal safety.
How to Choose a Motorcycle Helmet
When choosing a motorcycle helmet, the proper fit is key to ensuring optimal safety. Here’s what to look for:
Shape: Not everyone has the same head shape. Helmets come in the following shapes: round oval, intermediate oval, and long oval, so before making a purchase, try it on for size first.
Size: The size of the helmet is extremely important. If it’s too loose, it can move and not protect you adequately in the event of a crash. A correctly-sized helmet should fit snug, with even (comfortable) pressure around your head. If your helmet moves when you shake your head, it’s not the correct size.
Style: Motorcycle helmets come in a variety of styles. Depending on your type of ride, you may want a full-face motorcycle helmet or an open-face helmet. Before deciding which helmet to use, be sure that it is Department of Transportation (DOT) approved. You can find the DOT-approved sticker in the interior of the helmet.
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