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.