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Types of Motorcycles Helmets

 In a 2017 Canadian study, motorcycle accidents were likely to result in significantly higher injuries, deaths, and medical costs than motor vehicle accidents. Where 26,831 people were injured in motorcycle accidents and 281,826 people were injured in car accidents, the study found that the risk of serious injury from motorcycle accidents increased ten times compared to car accidents. In addition, the cost of treating motorbike injuries is approximately twice as high as that of motor vehicle accidents during the first two years after the accident.

Motorcycle accidents: 10 times more severe injuries than car accidents. 

The study also found that the annual rate of injuries for motorcycles was 2,194 injuries per 100,000 registered drivers, compared to 718 injuries for registered motorists.

Before we move on to the types of motorcycle helmets, we quote the World Health Organization that using protective helmets correctly when riding motorcycles reduces the risk of death by approximately 40%, and the risk of serious injury by more than 70%.

Types of Motorcycle Helmets :

Motorcycle helmets are divided into six main types; Full Face, Modular, Open Face, Half Helmet Also called Brain Cap, Off-road Helmet, Dual-sport Helmet.

Full Face Helmet:

It provides the best head and neck coverage, and thus the safest helmet, as it contains a shield that protects the chin and jaw, which are exposed to approximately 50% of all serious injuries caused by accidents. This type of helmet can be obtained with different heights of the chin guard, it may be a little higher to fit the riding position of racing bikes, or a little lower to fit the position that is closer to the vertical on scooters, for example. This type is also available with ventilation openings that can be closed in the winter and technologies such as Bluetooth to listen to music and others.

Modular helmet:

Also called Flip-up, it offers good protection, and features an opening mechanism that raises the chin shield and transparent fender upwards, so that the driver can breathe comfortably during crowds or waiting for traffic lights in summer, for example. However, specialists recommend driving this type with the helmet closed, as injuries that people may suffer with a helmet with a raised shield may cause more damage to the neck area.

This type of helmet is designed for a driving position closest to the vertical, with the opening of the eyes facing forward and the chin shield in a lower position. It is also available with Bluetooth headphones and can be requested - such as closed helmets - with a transparent cover for the eyes that is resistant to the formation of vapor.

Open Face Helmet:

Often used by scooter riders, it covers the top of the neck from the back, sides and top of the head, and the face remains open, which makes the level of safety much lower compared to a full helmet, although the areas covered provide the same protection as in previous helmets.

People with glasses prefer to use open helmets, but wearing them when driving at high speeds is not appropriate. Anything that hits the face, such as pebbles or insects, could be dangerous to distract the driver. It also does not protect you from rain, or mist flying from the wheels of cars in the front and this is the worst.

Half Helmet - Brain Cap:

It covers the crown and top of the head, and some extends at the back of the neck to keep the face and chin completely exposed, so it offers the least amount of protection possible.

Off-road Helmet:

As the name indicates, it is suitable for driving on rough roads or even off-road, as it is lighter in weight and allows a higher flow of air inside it commensurate with the burden on the driver, especially in hot weather. In most cases, this type is devoid of transparent protective eyewear, so the driver chooses the protective goggles that suit him. If you want to buy one like this, it is recommended that you bring your own safety glasses to ensure that they can be used.

Dual-sport helmet:

Combining a full helmet with an off-road helmet, on the outside the design looks more like an off-road helmet, with a large transparent fender and low chin shield, but it offers better sound and air insulation, better cushioning on the inside and overall higher comfort like a full helmet.


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