Lets talk about Helmet Safety

helmet safety

It’s a small quirky rant, Enjoy, before we begin: 

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Motorcycle riders tend to have swagger. Why not? The mere throttle of the bike makes the rider sooooooo high-spirited. Most of us ride try to ride our motorcycles very fast, making topsy turvy cuts. “That is not recommended”, Yet we do it.

 

What's missing?

Everyone just tap your head. Oooops ... you have reached there. It’s the Helmet! 

Let’s make understanding Helmets simpler and more interesting with help of our Psychcleview series.

 

Helmets or HLMTs (NASA uses this acronym in space context. A Fun Fact :P) is the most important gear for a motorcycle rider. They protect you during a crash,  providing a shield for your sensitive bonehead (skull) and saving the sternum connected to the medulla providing foundations to ... oh no sorry, i.e. Neck.

To protect you head, helmet companies in various countries have to follow government approved standards, all helmets released have to pass these safety standards before they can be released for the public use and consumption.

 

Let’s tell you about them;

International Motorcycle brands follow DOT i.e. Directorate of Transportation (USA) and ECE i.e. Economic Commission for Europe (EUROPE) standards primarily.

(These standards would be more simplified for our readers in coming days)

In the context of India, we use standard known as ISI mark, Hall mark for jewellery, even a fevistick has a standard. etc), we have IS 4151 standards by Bureau of Indian standards. This standard was issued in 1967 and last updated in 1993.

Every good  quality helmet released in our country has an IS 4151 mark, depicting it has cleared all the recommended safety tests issued by the government of India.

 

Now we tell you a Quirky message, please follow;

One of our fellow riders once told me story that he read in context of early battle helmets, this is where the idea of modern helmets came about;

The helmet (in battle context) protects the head, the part of the body most vital to quality of life. It is the thinking part where choices and judgments are made, where attitudes reside and surge forth in conduct. It is the part that holds knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and memories of life's experiences, that determines the kind of life we lead. It is that part where Satan aims most of his fiery darts.

If you urge your psyche a bit, you will know that these lines hold water. If to be discussed in motorcycle sense, it’s very important to note that helmets would be your saviour.

Imagine yourself on your favourite ride. Suddenly you see a devil's rendition of Ghost Rider (Shout out to Marvel fans :D). You realise that you don’t wear a helmet. You see his flamed iron chain twisted in his fiery hands. Only then you feel that your 'thinking part' is going to perish. The aim is clear. Crystal Clear.

Keeping in mind how important is our 'thinking part'. Let’s see how the types of helmet would have fared in this situation.

(Note that since fighting head to head is near impossible, only situation we are talking about is ...RUN. No no no. ride as fast as you can)

 

This weird little message was to tell you simple story of keeping your head and brain safe by wearing a helmet.

Now that we know the standards and a weird though important message;

Let’s give you an idea what all types head protection is available in the market, we have identified 5 of them, here they are;

 

1. Full Fared:

Covers your head fully.

Psychcleview says “The best among all, we at motopsychcle recommend”

 

2. Motocross:

It has an elongated chin section and partially open for air flow during physical exertion of Motocross riding.

Psychcleview says “Made for the Motocross track, avoid wearing on the road “

 

3. Modular:

It's has a modular design where the front portion comes up.

Psyhchcleview says “A decent choice, we prefer the Full Faired one”

 

4. Open Face:

Early helmets where the front chin portion is not covered.

Psychcleview says .... “WHY?”

 

5. Half Helmet:

A top bowl design that is meant to cover the head portion

Psychcleview says “Not Recommended”.

 

Safety should be your priority, helmets should be in the forefront of that, don’t take it for granted, be safe and Then enjoy your ride.

 

Though we could have told you just about visor, Styrofoam, safety tag and plastic but you know, every motorcycle blog can tell you that. Instead we gave you a quirky but heartfelt scribble about a motorcycle accessory.  Reminder?

The motive behind the small rant was to indicate the importance of the Helmet, though being a common topic, we need to inform our Readers since lot of us still ignore this basic gear, in most cases lead to disastrous consequences.

Final Thought: Always wear a Helmet While Riding.

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