National Bike to School Day is on May 10th this year. If you can, why not bike to school with your children on that day? Before you do, however, make sure you have properly fitting bike helmets; you’re less likely to be injured and require help from Nashville bicycle attorneys.
Fit Bike Helmets Properly With These Tips
Choose the proper size. Measure everyone’s heads before you shop, so that you choose appropriately sized helmets to try on.
Try different helmets on. Helmets come in sizes, just like hats; however, sizes and fit can change from manufacturer to manufacturer, so try them on before you buy. Adjust the fit ring or sizing pads of the helmet until it’s snug.
Position. Position the helmet so that it sits level on the head and low on the forehead.
Adjust the side straps. The slider will adjust so that each forms a V-shape under and just in front of each ear. After proper adjustment, lock the slider in place.
Center the buckle. Take helmet off to make it easier to lengthen or shorten chin straps, and adjust to center the buckle under the chin.
Fasten the chin strap. Fasten the chin strap and tighten until it fits snugly under the chin; you should only be able to fit one or two fingers under the strap when fastened.
Final Fitting Points
When you yawn or “open wide,” your helmet should rock forward. If the helmet rocks forward when you open your mouth wide or yawn, it’s properly fitted. If it stays put, tighten chin strap until it rocks forward when you yawn or “open wide.”
It shouldn’t “rock back” more than two finger widths above the eyebrow. If the helmet does, unbuckle and shorten the front strap for proper fit.
It shouldn’t “rock forward” into your eyes. If it does, unbuckle and tighten the back strap for a proper fit.
Properly position the rubber band. The rubber band should be rolled down to the buckle; this will ensure that it doesn’t slip, and all straps should go through it.
Other Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
Nashville bicycle accident attorneys can certainly help you if you’re in an accident, but to avoid injury and make sure the helmet protects you:
- Replace the helmet if you’ve had a crash, even if there’s no visible damage.
- Size helmets for a snug and comfortable fit now. Don’t buy helmets for children to “grow into.” They should fit snugly but comfortably now. As children grow, replace helmets.
- Make sure the helmet is certified. It should meet standards as set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. A tag inside the helmet will say so.
Nashville Bicycle Attorneys Can Help If You or Your Child Has Been Injured
Have you or your children been injured in a bike accident? Our experienced Nashville bicycle attorneys can help. Our office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., but we are available 24/7 to take your call at (615) 422-2222. Call us today, and get the help you deserve.