You enjoy riding your bicycle for recreation or to get to and from work. Although you do what you can to maintain safety while you ride, you cannot control the actions of vehicles that share the road with you.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 in the U.S., 857 bicyclists died in traffic accidents. To prevent serious injuries from a crash, it is essential that you wear a helmet that fits properly whenever you ride.
Find the right size
A helmet that does not fit properly can compromise your head’s protection in the event of a bicycle crash. When selecting a new helmet, use a flexible tape measure to find your head circumference. Then, use these measurements to match the helmet size.
Adjust the straps correctly
Your helmet straps can loosen every time you ride your bike. Before you go on a bike ride, adjust your helmet straps to ensure the helmet is snug. You should do this every time you go on a ride.
Replace after any signs of damage
If you get in a bicycle accident, do not continue to use your old helmet. You should also replace your helmet if you ever notice signs of structural damage to it.
You should plan on replacing your bike helmet approximately every five years to ensure the soundness of its structure when you ride. If your current helmet is not comfortable or you feel like it does not fit correctly, take the time to find a new one to protect your safety.