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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Helmet Safety

04 Aug Blog | Comments

Some of us remember a time when people did not wear seat belts, helmets, or knee and elbow pads. There was also a time when many people smoked. The reason, because we did not know what kind of harm was being done until we evolved and learned. We now know that smoking can do major damage to our bodies, causing many different kinds of cancer. We have also learned that wearing seat belts, knee and/or elbow pads and helmets can save lives.

Taking a look at what we have learned, the evidence is indisputable, wearing protective gear, like a helmet, saves lives. The data is all there to show that people who protect their heads have a much better chance of staying alive if there is ever an accident.

The trick however is to wear the right kind of helmet. If the helmet does not fit properly then it cannot do its job properly. The helmet should fit on the top of the head and does not tilt back. The shell, or the plastic outside part, should be the smallest one you can find that will fit your child’s head or your own. Do not use the pads to make the helmet fit. And make sure, between your eyebrows and the front of the helmet that there are approximately two fingers width.

The buckle should be tight when your mouth is opened all the way. The straps should wrap around, under each of your ears, near your jawbone. Keep in in mind that even if your helmet if fitted properly, if the straps are not snug, your helmet is pretty much useless to your safety.

Other tidbits include:

  • If you do end up in some sort of accident where your helmet is impacted, at all, you need to replace it.
  • Just like car accidents, most bicycle/motorcycle accidents happen close to home, so always wear your helmet, even if you are only going a short distance.
  • If a car gets too hot it will overheat. People are no different, so make sure you get a helmet that has good ventilation so you don’t overheat.
  • Helmets, just like shoes come in many shapes, sizes and colors. You need to pick out the helmet that fits to your personality. If you buy a blue helmet and you hate blue you will never wear it. If you don’t like how a style fits your head, you will not wear it. Pick out a helmet that fits, that you like the look of and that feels right when you wear it.

Hockey players have lots of padding, and a helmet, so do football players. Wearing a helmet is important because it protects one of your most important body parts, your brain. No matter what you do in life you will take precautions to keep you and/or your family safe. Wearing a helmet it doing just that. If you don’t believe me take a look at all the data out there proving my point. Helmets help save lives, wear one while riding a bicycle and/or motorcycle.



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