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Motorcycle 101: Why Half-Face Helmet Must Be Avoided?

Yes, the incoming breeze feels wonderful when you wear a half-face helmet, but is a half-face helmet enough to save your face and head? 

India is a country where, even in 2022, purchasing a car is a luxury. A luxury that most of the citizens cannot afford and therefore, most of the Indians rely on scooters and motorcycles. Sadly, in India, almost six two-wheeler riders pass away every hour after being involved in an accident. There are several reasons, but the biggest reason is the selection of either poor helmets or half-face helmets. 

What is the significance of this article?

If you are a two-wheeler rider, you should know the number of deaths. Six deaths in one hour, i.e., 144 deaths in a day. In a year? Do the math. Apart from insufficient riding training, poor traffic laws and horrible roads; wearing sub-standard helmets or half-face helmets is the reason behind the massive number of deaths. After reading this article, we firmly hope you will purchase a full-face helmet. 

The logic behind half-face helmets that makes no sense

In India, most riders wear a helmet, not because of their own safety but because they want to avoid traffic fines. Even if they purchase a helmet, it is usually a sub-standard half-face helmet that is extremely cheap. Not to forget, when asked why they do not prefer full-face helmets; they come back with answers such as full-face helmets cause them breathing issues, it gets hot inside and their face is not visible to the people. 

Why one should avoid a half-face helmet?

Half-face or open-face helmets do not protect an individual’s face. In the case of a frontal face accident, an individual’s eyes, nose, jaw and tooth are likely to sustain life-threatening damages. If you do not believe in our words, all you need to do is open a search engine on your laptop/computer/smartphone and search the term ‘half-face helmet injury’; you will understand the message we are trying to convey. 

Always wear a full-face helmet

Ditch your half-face/open-face helmet and get a full-face helmet that will protect your face from grievous injuries. Also, do not buy a cheap helmet and risk your life to save a few bucks. Purchase a helmet between a minimum price range of INR 3,000 to INR 6,000. Last but not the least, go for helmets that are certified by DOT, ECE, SNELL, SHARP and FIM. 

Rohit Chatterjee

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Rohit Chatterjee is a bona fide moto-enthusiast who has worked with several media houses in his brief career. Chatterjee mostly writes features and news articles related to automobiles and motorsports. When not working, he is found on the interstate clocking over 100kmph on his NS200!
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