Now that the weather is starting to warm up, you may be looking forward to weekends out on your motorcycle. The wind in your face and the sound of the engine are enough to make you wish summer could last forever.
As you begin pulling out your gear from last year, it is an excellent opportunity to look at your helmet to ensure you can have a safe ride.
Here’s how you can determine if your helmet is ready for another year on the road.
Checking your helmet
When you got your motorcycle, you may have invested in a great helmet that is comfortable and that you do not mind wearing. However, even though you have not experienced a crash, there are times when you should replace your helmet, such as:
- After five to seven years. As your helmet ages, the materials can start to degrade. If your helmet has had no other damage, you should replace it when it approaches the five-year mark.
- After an accident. The skid on your helmet can be an exciting conversation starter, but it is also a sign that you need to replace your helmet. Although the outside looks like it is still intact, crashing alters the material inside the helmet, meaning it cannot offer the same protection if you crash again.
- Material deterioration. If you are a frequent rider, you need to pay special attention to the deterioration of the interior and exterior of your helmet. Sweat and sun can cause your helmet to age and deteriorate sooner than the typical five-year expiration.
- Strap failure. The strap in your helmet is a crucial component to keeping you safe. If your helmet falls off in a crash, it cannot be effective. If you notice that the strap is starting to wear down or the latch no longer stays closed, it is time to replace your helmet.
Riding a motorcycle is a great way to get outside and enjoy the summer. Having a helmet in excellent condition can help you stay safe while enjoying the open road.