Top 5 Reasons to Wear A Helmet While Cycling
It’s warm and sunny outside and all you want to do is jump on your bike to enjoy the amazing weather. As you’re getting ready for your trip by packing all the essentials, always remember to bring your helmet. It’s one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you can bring with you.
Most of us have grown up wearing a helmet while cycling. We take for granted the many benefits associated with wearing one. In order to highlight some of these benefits, we’ve put together a helpful list that goes through some of the top reasons why helmets are so useful!
1. Reduces chances of Serious Head Injury
While helmets can’t guarantee they’ll completely protect you from all injuries, they do a fantastic job at reducing the chances of serious head injury. A recently conducted study that gathered data on 64,000 cyclists worldwide found that wearing a helmet reduced the risk of serious head injury by almost 70% and fatal head injury by 65%. So if you’re riding a bike, you should make sure your helmet fits snugly on your head, because it may well save your life.
2. Protection against face injuries
Most people assume that helmets only protect the head, but in fact they do quite a good job at shielding the face as well! Statistics reveal that helmets help reduce facial injuries by an impressive 33%. Some cycling injuries involving the face can be severe and may require surgery. While helmets are not a panacea for facial injuries, their ability to decrease your chances of being involved in these injuries should not be overlooked.
3. Comfort & Weather Protection
Helmets not only do an excellent job at keeping your head and face safe, but they also are comfortable to wear as well as provide some additional protection from the elements. Whether it’s the harsh sun or a bit of rain, some helmets come with peaks or visors that could be very useful on the road.
4. Higher Visibility
Making yourself visible to drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists can help reduce the chances of getting into a road traffic accident. Wearing a brightly coloured helmet or one that has reflective tape can assist in this process, particularly if you’re out cycling in foggy or dark conditions.
5. Highway Code Recommendation
While you’re not legally required in Northern Ireland to wear a helmet while cycling, it will dramatically improve your safety if worn correctly. The Highway Code strongly recommends wearing a helmet that conforms to the current regulations, is the correct size for your head, and is securely fastened.
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