6Feb

The Bicycle Helmet Myth

Apparently there is a popular fantasy that city cyclists are bandying about for decades – they are more inclined to be hit by an automobile if they use a helmet than if they do not.

This myth so curious Ian Walker, a psychologist in the University of Bath, he decided to put it into the test.

Walker fitted his bicycle with a special ultrasonic sensor which could measure how close automobiles came to him as he regards to from work. To finish the experiment that he wore a helmet every day and rode bare headed each day for two months. 

His findings may surprise drivers, however they won’t surprise anybody who’s ever had reason to ride a bike on busy city streets: on average, when wearing a helmet, vehicles came 8.5 cm closer to his bicycle than when he left his helmet at home.

Helmet haters are claimed and everyone can throw away their uncool and bothersome helmets away. Except that they cannot, since the results are misleading. Bicycle helmets are Not worn to reduce the incidence of accidents, they’re worn to reduce the impact of injuries and to prevent irreparable brain damage.

Based on data from helmets.org, bike helmets reduce the possible risk of headache by approximately 85% and the possible risk of brain injury by 88%. 

They also supply a significant measure of protection for the face and forehead. Additionally, research has shown that bare led cyclists are 14 times less unlikely to die in a crash than away their helmeted counterparts.

Before purchasing a helmet, cyclists need to consider their biking habits and needs. For example, are they road cyclists or off road cyclists, do they cycle mountain paths or city streets?

Road helmets can be distinguished out of off road helmets by away their longer, sleeker and more aerodynamic design with tight air vents. The vents on off road helmets are wider because it is assumed which cooling off takes precedence over speed. 

It is extremely essential that helmets fit properly. Helmets should be snug along with tilt to the back or into the riders, tilt to the back or into the should not tilt into the back or into the front.

The helmet should fit approximately 2 finger widths above the eyebrows to get maximum protection . Helmets should not be lose on cyclists heads, they should not swivel or falling forward or backwards, but they should not .

Helmets are equipped with extra . The sponges which . Studies show that kids are more inclined to wear bicycle helmets on a regular basis example.