Physical injuries are an inherent risk of riding your bicycle in Virginia. If you often ride in traffic and around other vehicles, these risks may climb.
Wearing a helmet may protect you from serious injury or death in a crash. Equally as important as wearing one is making sure your helmet fits properly and securely on your head.
You may have heard the myth that wearing a bicycle helmet causes discomfort. Contrarily, innovative developments in helmet technology over the years have made helmets quite comfortable and appealing. A customized fit can increase your comfort even more.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, your helmet should fit snugly and should not rock back and forth. Before each ride, verify that all of the straps have retained their position and adjust your helmet as needed.
Another benefit of a properly fitted helmet is an improvement in its ability to protect your head. A wobbly and loose helmet may distract you and cause you to crash. At the same time, crashing with an ill-fitting helmet may result in serious injuries if your head ends up exposed.
When selecting a new helmet, follow industry guidelines for finding one that corresponds to your age, head size and choice of activity. Verify that it is a certified product. Take proper care of it to make sure it lasts a long time and provides optimal protection. Even if you become a more experienced rider, always wear your helmet. Promptly replace your helmet if you do get into a bicycle accident where your head makes an impact.