How Should You Fit a Helmet? B.C. Bike Crash Lawyers Offer Insight
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
How can you reduce the odds you will ever need the services of a Vancouver cyclist accident attorney? One easy, inexpensive method is to learn how to find (and fit) an effective helmet.
You may already own a state-of-the-art helmet. But, if you don’t fit it correctly and adjust it periodically, you will reduce the helmet’s efficacy and expose yourself needlessly to risk. Accident prevention is a game of centimeters, sometimes millimeters. A helmet that’s off to the side or a little too loosey-goosey can put you at risk for serious concussions. To fit a bike helmet properly, follow this guide:
1. Be sure the size is right.
The helmet shouldn’t rock, and the pad should fit snugly. If the helmet has a fit ring instead of pads, adjust the ring before you ride.
2. Position the helmet for maximum safety.
The helmet shouldn’t be too high or too low over your eyes. Typical helmets should sit one or two finger-widths above your eyebrow, but different models may recommend other positions.
3. Strap up!
Be mindful of any buckles, side straps, and chin straps, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. The helmet should feel comfortable. You don’t want to suffocate or strangulate yourself. Look for a “sweet spot” of snugness that’s secure and breathable.
4. Triple check your fitting.
- Can you open your mouth? (You should be able to.)
- Does the helmet pull down on your head? (It should!)
- Does the helmet rock back and forth or roll over towards your eyes? (If so, unbuckle and rebuckle, and then tighten straps to get a more secure fit.)
5. Take note of how/when the helmet becomes unsecured.
Occasionally, especially on long rides, a well-positioned helmet can become constricting or too loose. If/when that happens to you, stop and reflect. Learn your habits. You may need to adjust your helmet every 50 miles or so. Know that, and adjust at intervals.
For help dealing with the aftermath of your Vancouver bike crash, get in touch with the team here at McComb Witten. Download our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make Or Break Your ICBC Claim, or call our team now at 604-255-9018 for a free consultation.
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