In California, all bicyclists under the age of 18 are required by law to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Studies have shown that in the event of a crash, a helmet will greatly reduce your chances of a serious brain injury for all ages of bicyclists.
Your helmet should have ANSI or ASTM standards approval clearly designated on it. Hockey or other types of sports helmets are not appropriate for bicycling since they are designed and tested for other types of impacts.
Always wear a helmet while riding a bike, no matter how short the trip. If you are in a collision or any impact that affects your helmet, replace it immediately.
The following information will help you find the right helmet for you.
- A helmet will not protect you if it does not fit properly. Make sure that the helmet fits on top of the head, not tipped back.
- Find the smallest helmet shell size that fits over your head. DO NOT USE helmet pads to make a helmet that is too big fit your head. There should be about two-fingers width between your eyebrows and the front of the helmet.
- The straps should be joined just under each ear at the jawbone. The buckle should be snug with your mouth completely open.