May is National Trauma Awareness Month
May 05, 2014
Remember to always wear your helmet!
Fitting your helmet:
Step 1: Size: Measure your head to find the correct size. To measure properly, start above the eyebrows and measure to the widest part of the head. Try on several helmets until one fits right.
Step 2: Position: The helmet should sit level on your head and low on your forehead - one or two finger widths above your eyebrow.
Step 3: Side Straps: Adjust the slider on both straps to form a "V" shape under and slightly in front of the ears.
Step 4: Buckles: Center the left buckle under the chin. This task is easier if you take the helmet off to make these adjustments.
Step 5: Chin Strap: Buckle your chin strap. Tighten the strap until it is snug so that no more than one or two fingers fit under the strap.
Step 6: Final fitting:
Does your helmet fit right? Open your mouth wide and yawn. The helmet should pull down on your head. If not refer back to step 5 and tighten the chin strap.
Does your helmet rock back more than two fingers above the eyebrows? If so, unbuckle and shorten the front strap by moving the slider forward. Buckle and retighten the chin strap, and test again.
Does your helmet rock forward into your eyes? If so, unbuckle and tighten the back strap by moving the slider back toward the ear. Buckle and retighten the chin strap, and test again.
Roll the rubber band down to the buckle. All four straps must go through the rubber band and be close to the buckle to prevent from slipping.
Here are some great tips for helmet use:
- Replace your helmet when it has been in a crash; damage is not always visible.
- Buy/fit the helmet for now: Buy a helmet that fits your head not a helmet to grow into.
- Ensure helmet comfort: If you buy a helmet that you find comfortable and attractive, you are more likely to wear it. Readjust as necessary to ensure the helmet fits properly each ride.
- Cover you head: Adjust the helmet fitting based on your helmet first being in the correct position, level on the head and low on your forehead.
- Adjust straps until snug: Both the side and chin straps need to be snug.
- Avoid helmet rocking: Your helmet should not rock forward, backward or side-to-side on your head. If your helmet rocks more than an inch, go back to step 6 and re-adjust.
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