A bicycle helmet is a basic yet one of the most important safety accessories to own as a cyclist. With an increase in motorists on our busy roads the potential to be in an accident situation can be quite high and your safety is of utmost importance in these situations. Apart from safety, helmets offer a ton of other benefits. The head is the most important part of the human body and needs to be taken care of. Good helmets conform to stringent global testing standards and come with safety certificates that ensure your safety in case of a fall. Snell and M.I.P.S are common safety standards to keep an eye out on. A fall could take place at any speed and it’s critical that you wear a helmet at all times. Even if you’re just riding around the neighborhood!
Bicycle helmets increase your visibility in multiple ways. They come in bright colors or fluorescent colors which make the rider highly visible on road. Inbuilt reflectivity ensures you’re visible in the dark and few helmets have to flash L.E.D lights which are an added advantage in low light. Especially when the weather conditions are less than ideal, a helmet can improve your capacity to see other drivers on the road, as well as potential hazards, by keeping water or mud out of your eyes. A helmet with a visor can also help to shade your face, improving your vision by mitigating the effects of sunlight in your eyes.
Overall, wearing a helmet is not only necessary for your health and safety, but also for that your friends, family, or kids. By enforcing the use of helmets within your friend’s circle you are creating awareness that is then noticed by others around you. Besides, most group rides make it mandatory to wear a helmet to ride with them. Group rides are a great way to connect with riders in your locality, explore new routes and generally hang out with other like-minded folks.