Road Safety Awareness Week : Helmets as Safety Gears

Editor@Throttle|Updated: January 12, 2018 11:59
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Riding a motorcycle gives riders a sense of freedom on the open road. There is a rising number of motorcyclists on roads but it is observed that they do not adhere to basic safety measures. However, there are serious dangers involved in riding without a helmet.

A motorcycle does not provide the structural protection that a car does to keep drivers safe in the event of an accident. and hence motorcyclists need to take extra precautions to protect their body. 

 

##Whyarehelmetsimportant?

 

The most important place to start is by protecting the head. The head and brain is most vulnerable to injury in a motorcycle accident. Riders and pillions wearing helmets increase their chance of survival significantly over non-helmet wearers. It is important for motorcyclists to understand the risks of riding without a helmet.  Riders who do not wear helmets are at risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury if they are in an accident. Without protection, the head is vulnerable to a traumatic impact in an accident even when traveling at low speeds. As the fatal risk of traumatic brain injury is very high, it is crucial for motorcyclists to take action to protect themselves while riding. Wearing a standard and approved helmet is one of many precautions a rider can take to increase safety on the open road.

 

##Howdoesahelmetwork? 

A helmet aims to reduce the risk of serious head and brain injuries by reducing the impact of a force or collision to the head. A helmet works in three ways: It reduces the deceleration of the skull, and hence the brain movement, by managing the impact. The soft material incorporated in the helmet absorbs some of the impact and therefore the head comes to a halt more slowly. This means that the brain does not hit the skull with such great force. It spreads the forces of the impact over a greater surface area so that they are not concentrated on particular areas of the skull. It prevents direct contact between the skull and the impacting object by acting as a mechanical barrier between the head and the object.

 

Hence it is rightly said that 'Everything looks better from the inside of a motorcycle helmet'.