Riding a motorcycle comes with a sense of freedom and excitement. While it may seem more thrilling to ride without a helmet, you know that wearing a helmet will keep you safer if you are involved in a crash.
However, a helmet is not an item you purchase once and check off your list. Your helmet will need proper care, and you will need to replace it every few years.
Here’s what you should know about caring for your helmet and when you need to replace it.
Proper care prevents wear and tear
It can be tempting to leave your helmet outside when you park your bike since it can be cumbersome to carry with you. However, UV rays can degrade the materials in your helmet that keep you safe. You should also protect your helmet against humidity by storing it in a protective bag.
Additionally, you will want to keep your helmet clean, especially if it gets sweaty when you ride. Sweat and oils from your skin can damage the lining, making your helmet wear out faster.
Keep in mind that small creatures like mice like to use helmet lining to make their bedding, so you should avoid storing your helmet where it could be at risk.
When do I need a new one?
You should replace your helmet every time you are in an accident, or if you drop it from more than three feet, you should replace it. The materials are meant to sustain one crash, not several. Once the material in the helmet compresses from a crash or fall, it does not reset.
Also, you should replace your helmet about every five years. Your helmet will degrade over time (even with the best care. Additionally, getting a new helmet every five years ensures you will have one that has up-to-date safety technology.
A helmet is essential to staying safe if you are in an accident. When you take care of your helmet and replace it as needed, you can reduce your injuries if you are involved in a crash.