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4 Things to Know about Bicycle Helmets

4 Things to Know about Bicycle Helmets

"Many bicycle-related crashes resulting in injury or death are associated with the bicyclist's behavior, including such things as not wearing a bicycle helmet," according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By following the tips below, you can help ensure that your rides, whether a fun trip around the block or a grueling 10-mile mountain trek, are free of serious head injuries.

Choose the Right Type

There are different style helmets depending on how/where you ride. Road bike helmets are the most popular. Mountain bike helmets offer slightly different protection and are designed to meet greater safety standards. Do your homework and make sure the one you buy complies with Consumer Products Safety Commission standards.

Make Sure It Fits Properly

Your helmet should be snug, but comfortable. Adjust the straps so that it's not too loose or too tight and can't be pulled off or twisted around. Also, never wear a hat under a helmet.

Check the Expiration Date

Just like milk, bike helmets expire. Generally, bicycle helmets have a lifespan of about five years, but each manufacturer is different. Obviously, if it's cracked, or otherwise damaged, it should be replaced. If you're involved in an accident, it's important to replace the helmet even if it doesn't look damaged.

Wear It … Every Time

A helmet doesn't do you any good sitting on a shelf in your garage. Wear your helmet every time you ride your bike!

Wear a helmet, stay alert and, share the road, and you'll greatly increase your odds of injury-free bicycling. Now strap on your helmet, hop on your bike, and hit one of these trails in Pennsylvania and New Jersey!