One of the most important pieces of safety gear for cyclists in New Jersey is a good helmet. A helmet lacks optimal protection if it does not fit the right way.
People who spend adequate time finding a helmet that meets their standards for function and appeal without compromising fit and safety may optimize their protection while riding their bike.
Fit trumps style
Even though people may want a stylish helmet, compromising on the fit may cost them their life in an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that people try on several helmets until they find one that has a comfortable fit. They should look for the following:
- The side straps should form a “V” and maintain their position slightly in front of a person’s ears
- The chin strap should have a snug enough fit when buckled so that no more than two fingers can slide underneath
- The buckle should sit directly under the chin
- The helmet should not perch too high on a person’s head and should only sit one to two finger-widths above his or her eyebrows
Protection in an accident
While cyclists may practice vigilance and caution when riding their bike around vehicles, they may encounter a distracted or reckless driver. Because motorists are a risk to cyclists, it is imperative that people invest in proper safety gear if they anticipate riding their bike near traffic.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, regardless of the level of visibility, cyclists will benefit from wearing a helmet, having reflectors on their bike and sticking to brightly colored clothing when selecting riding apparel.