In our recent survey on helmets, we came to know that most of the riders are not changing their helmet regularly. There are almost 40% of riders, as per our survey, who have not changed their helmet since purchased. Which is really surprising!
Do you know what is the life of a helmet? How often do you change it? and Why is it necessary to change helmets?
As a general rule set out by helmet manufacturers, it is best to replace it after every five years. But if you sweat heavily or drop it often then its wise to change it earlier.
The interior foam of the helmet deforms to absorb the impact in a crash and protect your head and that should be thoroughly checked often.
If you feel the need to inspect a helmet after you’ve dropped it, you could probably get it x-rayed by a professional and check its usability
Helmet technology is advancing all the time and a new helmet is going to offer more protection than something five years old and hence it makes sense to go for the change to get more protection.
The glues, resins and other materials used in the making of the helmet can lose their effectiveness and also deteriorate the lining.
Most manufacturers now paint their EPS liners, so that it is easier to check if there has been any damage. Many modern helmets now have removable comfort liners for washing, so by removing this from your helmet, you can check the EPS liner. The EPS liner normally would be painted black and if you can see white cracks, this usually means the liner has been damaged and you should replace your helmet.
General Helmet Care Guidelines
The helmet is not designed to store heavy stuff and hence if you drop it with the heavy stuff, you are destroying it.
The outside shell of the helmet is crafted from plastic, fibreglass or carbon fibre, which is pretty tough, but it is advisable to keep it away from petroleum-based products such as fuel, cleaners and paint.
A helmet should always be stored in a cool and dry place or the helmet bag (one that comes with the helmet).
The life of helmet interior can also be prolonged by wearing helmet liners, balaclava or scarf that keeps the sweat away.
One can also hang the helmet on a hook to protect the inner liner from deforming.