I want to discuss a key point to motorcycle helmet safety that I recently came across. No, it’s not to preach to you that you need to wear helmets and that they have to be a DOT regulated helmet for proper safety. The point of this post is that you need to properly replace your motorcycle helmet at certain significant points.
How Often Should You Replace Your Helmet?
Now, this comes from an independent foundation that does motorcycle helmet testing. Their main point was that regardless of whether you’ve been in an accident or not with this helmet, every five years, you need to get it replaced.
The most interesting factor if this was that the helmet is going to deteriorate just from use, much less if you’ve been in an accident, you have a crack in it, etc. Their point was that the helmet ages overtime from just using it, from the wind, from various oils from your hair and body, which include hair gel, hairspray, etc. These things deteriorate the foaming inside the helmet that’s helping to protect your head if you’re in an accident.
If I’ve Been In An Accident, Can I Still Use My Same Helmet?
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, get that helmet replaced, regardless of the severity of the accident. It doesn’t matter if you’ve hit your head, doesn’t matter if there are cracks, visible signs of damage, after an accident, get the helmet replaced before your next ride.
If you have any particular questions or concerns that you think I might be able to help you with I’d be happy to speak with you. If I can’t help I can get you to somebody that can get your answers.