WHEN SHOULD YOU REALLY REPLACE YOUR HELMET?
Monday, 8 August 2016 15:41:53 Europe/London
Most riders replace their helmet after a crash or if its been dropped from a great height or at force. However, when should you really change it?
Every manufacturer has a recommended lifespan for their helmets, which usually range from 5 – 7 years but as a general rule of thumb we would recommend replacing your helmet every 5 years for ‘normal use’. We would however emphasise that the life of a helmet should really depend on how often it is being used.
A motocross helmet should always be replaced, regardless of its age, if it has been in an accident or has taken a forceful impact as its impossible to predict how much damage could have been caused just by looking at it. Although it may appear fine on the outside, the inner structure could have ruptured or cracked which will decrease the level of protection ones head is getting from the helmet.
The 5 most common reasons for replacing a helmet are as follows;
- It’s been dropped - The smallest of cracks can stop the helmet performing to its full ability.
- You have been in a crash - Whether it’s a minor or major accident, helmets are designed to take one impact only so even if you’ve experienced a minor incident the EPS liners will be compromised. If not replaced your head may not be so lucky next time.
- The Sun - UV rays can damage the outer shell of a helmet so it’s worth tracking the amount of miles you travel on your bike, in the sun, over a year. If you’re doing thousands of miles you will want to be upgrading your helmet more frequently.
- The straps or locks have failed prematurely - The chinstrap is vital in keeping the helmet securely in place on your head so if this has corroded then it’s time to get rid – even if the outer shell is still in good shape. Loose fitting helmets create a gap between your skull and the inner shell, which could result in a brain injury if you were to crash.
So if you any of these scenarios apply to you, it’s time to get a new helmet.