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Why should I wear a full-face helmet?

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2020 | Auto Accidents

Many people love to ride their motorcycle for the feel of the wind in their hair, which is why many do not like to wear full-face helmets. Generally speaking, the advantages of wearing a helmet are well-known, but there are particular benefits to choosing a full-face helmet.

Wearing any helmet is better than wearing no helmet at all. However, according to Ride Apart full-face helmets are superior because studies show most helmets take impact on the face or chin area.

What is a full-face helmet?

There are three main subsets of motorcycle helmets: open face, 3/4 face and full-face. An open face helmet only covers the top of the skull and leaves everything below the ears exposed. A 3/4 face helmet extends lower down the back of the skull and also extends forward over the ears, but the face is still open.

A full-face helmet covers the entire face and eye area with a visor. This is the safest variety of helmet, since the open face or 3/4 face helmets will not protect the front of your face.

Are there any other options? 

A popular variety of new helmet is the modular helmet. A modular helmet gives you the option of wearing a full-face helmet when you want, but it converts into a ¾ face helmet. However, modular helmets tend to be heavier than full face helmets since they have the changing mechanism.

It is also important to note that, no matter what helmet you choose, most of them have a five-year life span. Even if you do not get into any accidents during this time, make sure that you purchase a new helmet regularly.