If you ride a bike, you should wear a helmet. It doesn’t matter how experienced or how good a biker you are - wearing a proper fitting, certified helmet could prevent 85 percent of cyclists' head injuries, according to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.
How do you select the right bike helmet from the overwhelming number of options the market? This list, taken from Bicycling.com will help you choose a helmet that will do its job and protect your head.
- Check the box to make sure the helmet is certified.
- Learn what size you need by measuring your head. Wrap a tape measure around your noggin just above your ears. Make sure the tape is level -- it should cross your forehead an inch or so above your eyebrows. Then, choose a helmet size to match the measurement.
- Look in a mirror. Your helmet should sit level on your head, and the front of the helmet should cover most of your forehead. If the helmet tilts back and exposes your forehead, it's not going to protect you.
- Connect the chin strap, and tighten it so that it's snug beneath your chin-you should barely be able to fit a finger between the strap and your chin. Adjust the side straps so that the point of the V sits just below your ears.
- Push the helmet back on your head. Can you move the helmet more than an inch? Tighten the straps in front of your ears (loosen the rear straps so that the V points still sit just below your ears). If you can push the helmet forward, adjust the straps behind your ears. In the end, you shouldn't be able to move the helmet more than an inch in any direction.
- Check your straps often. Helmet straps tend to loosen, so give your helmet a quick wiggle-check before every outing. Tighten the straps if you can move the helmet more than an inch in any direction. Then enjoy the ride.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in a cycling accident, speak to a personal injury lawyer.