Last updated: February 21, 2018 By Arvin Reynold
Perhaps you’re planning to hit the road, trail or track on a snowmobile or motorcycle. That’s alright. Among the most important pieces of gear to invest in is a good helmet. The choices have never been greater, with options to fit your sport, what you ride, and the way you ride it.
Unfortunately, a number of people neglect the need for a helmet and still conduct those dangerous sports. Well, a number of things can probably go wrong and cause injuries, or worse, death. Below are reasons why you should wear a helmet.
Of course, you’ve always heard about the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle, but have you thought of why you should wear a helmet on the ski slopes? Probably not! When snowboarding or skiing, you’re similarly at risk for very serious head injuries. A snowboard helmet can help avoid injuries such as skull fractures, facial lacerations; just to mention a few. What’s more, in case of a strong impact on the head, the helmet spreads out the shock. Yes, you’ll still get injured, but the severity of the injury is drastically reduced!
A helmet will block the sun from your eyes when skiing. Better still, it will keep snow out of your face and give you a better view. Since skiing is mainly done during winters, a good helmet will keep your head warm all through the exercise. Some helmets are made to hold goggles in place. You’ll have no obstruction of sight whatsoever!
Welding can be incredibly harsh on an individual. Among the dangers include infrared radiations which can destroy your eyesight. Hence, investing in protective gear can be worthwhile. A welding helmet will protect you’re your eyes from sparks and harsh Ultraviolet rays emitted by the arc. There are various options for a welding helmet- those with the auto-darkening lens, fixed, and variable shades; just to mention a few.
The auto darkening and regular lenses are quite different. A passive welding helmet uses UV and IR coated glass that requires the user to nod and the helmet snaps into position. The auto darkening is quite convenient. When one strikes the arc, the helmet has sensors that automatically adjust the lenses. With a helmet fitted with the auto darkening lenses, you’ll have less to worry about a messy work or the constant snapping the helmet into position every time you’re hitting the arc.
If dirt biking is your thing, you’ve probably come across some conspiracies that wearing a helmet shows you’re weak. Professional riders too often belittle wearing a helmet as admitting to some sort of weakness in the sport. This is definitely a stupid idea. Remember, head safety is extremely vital. Otherwise, an injury on the head can bring about brain damage that most often causes death.
Interestingly, an existing study observes that people who wear helmets are rarely involved in accidents; both fatal and minor. Of course, when you put on a helmet, you’ll get a subconscious reminder of safety. Thereupon, wearing that helmet will not only keep your head safe but also keep reminding you of why you’re wearing it not to mention why you need to protect it.
Wearing the right helmet can be worthwhile. You don’t have to put on any helmet that comes your way. Helmets are made for specific sports or events. There are hockey helmets for hockey, helmets for biking, helmets for skiing; just to mention a few. Remember, every even has unique head injury possibilities. When you take on the right helmet, the design will cater for your protection. Make sure to find one that properly and comfortably fits your head.
Needless to say, most states demand that one to have a helmet on when taking sports with extreme risks for head injuries. It might not necessarily be an overarching state law in the state. However, you might find some local ordinances that stipulate need to wear a helmet.
After all, wearing a helmet is not an unattractive or bland thing to do, right? There are people that show off their personal style by taking on a helmet perfectly picking on their personalities. One can add stickers, decals, or even pick their favorite colors. You’ll have mitigated a risk that would have probably occurred.