Few injuries are more catastrophic than than a fall while riding. In order for riders to protect ourselves, wearing certified safety equipment is essential. Here are some tips to help you choose the right type of safety equipment for the kind of riding you plan to do.
Helmets are a necessity and various styles are constructed for different types of activities. First, choose a helmet that is designed for riding. Make sure it fits correctly, and get assistance from a professional safety equipment supplier. Adjust the straps each time you ride. The chin strap should be comfortable but snug.
Wear an ASTM/SEI certified helmet. This certification ensures the design was tested and approved for riding. Do not use helmets made for other sports (such as cycling or skateboarding). While they may look similar, they were not designed to provide proper protection for your activity.
Never borrow a helmet. It may not fit correctly and fail to protect you in the event of a fall. Always wear one when you mount. Most injuries occur during “pleasure riding.” Any fall can result in serious injury.
A more expensive helmet is not necessarily safer. As long as your equipment is ASTM/SEI certified, the helmet should do its job. Replace your helmet about every five years, as wear and exposure to the elements can reduce its efficacy.
By wearing the proper helmet, riding can be a safer and more pleasurable experience. Happy Trails!
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