Statistics (and common sense) tell us that motorcycle helmets provide the best available protection against severe head injury. But what makes a helmet safe? Why are some rated safer than others? How exactly are helmets rated for safety? The most important thing for a motorcycle novice to know is that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of dying in a crash by 37 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), a branch of the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) dedicated to achieving the highest levels of safety in motor vehicle transportation.
A safety-compliant helmet will have a thick (about one inch) inner lining, a certification label containing information about the helmet, as well as the DOT label, located in the back of the helmet. Here’s what else to look for:
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By Cole Louison