To work as they are intended, bicycle helmets must sit level on the head and fit snugly enough that they won’t shift when jarred or bumped. Is your helmet ready to do its job? If you aren’t sure, refer to the guidelines below.
Getting the fit “just right”
Getting your helmet to fit “just right” is a matter of trial and error, using the pads provided by the manufacturer and the strap adjustments.
How do you know your helmet is fitted properly fitted?
- The helmet should fit comfortably and not be able to move even with abrupt head movement.
- The helmet should be seated on the users head so that the bottom edge is parallel to the ground, not tilted back.
- The straps should always be buckled and should fit snugly, but not too tightly.
- The sliding clasp on each side of the head should be situated just below the ears.
- The straps should be buckled at all times.
Young riders should:
- Ride on sidewalks or safe areas only
- Never ride at dusk or night
- Walk their bicycles across streets
- Cross only at the street corner, not mid block
Teen riders should:
- Learn the rules of the road before riding in the street
- Obey all traffic signals and laws
- Always stop at stop signs and stop lights
- Use correct hand signals when turning to let drivers know your intent