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Take a motorcycle helmet and look at it from front. Now imagine it is divided into three sections; top (the cranium area) middle (the area most likely covered by visor) and bottom (on a full face helmet, this would be chin guard area).
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, and you hit your head you would have a 35% chance of impact occurring to your chin area, 10% to your visor area, and 22% chance of impact occurring to your front cranium area.
Now turn helmet around. Looking at it from back, divide it in two down middle. In an accident, if you hit you head, you have a 16% chance of impact occurring on back of you head to left side, and a 17% chance of impact occurring on back right side. Conclusion? Well, this is only my personal conclusion but I would say following…
The safest helmets are full face helmets… Second would be three quarter helmets with visors… Third would be half helmets…
Last would be novelty helmets.
There are lots of reasons people wear helmets. However, if safety is you main consideration, then take a good look at full face helmets on market, take some time and find one which you can wear comfortably on every ride.
Copyright Michael Holmes 2005. Permission is granted to reprint this article provided a live link to authors website, http://www.motorcycleparts-accessories-andmore.com, is included.
Michael Holmes is a enthusiast for all thing motorcycle. His website, http://www.motorcycleparts-accessories-andmore.com, is a great resource of articles aimed at motorcyclists of all levels, including a page specifically for motorcycle helmets.