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You may already be aware that wearing a cycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries in an accident by about 85%, but can you be sure that your helmet will protect you? For the best advice about wearing your helmet correctly refer to the instructions provided when you bought the helmet, but read the following notes for a general overview:

  1. Check to see if your helmet meets the standard EN 1078 or SNELL B.95.
  2. The helmet should be a comfortable, snug fit once on, but without the buckle done up the helmet should touch your head at the crown, sides, back and front at the same time. If it doesn't you need to adjust the helmet size by using the sizing pads which most helmets now supply. Next try to push the helmet backwards, forwards and from side to side. If this makes a gap between your head and the helmet you need to choose a different style or size of helmet.
  3. Important - the helmet must be worn so that it is level on the head, just above the eyebrows. When the straps are done up you shouldn't be able to push the helmet backwards, forwards or in any direction much at all. The rear strap should meet the front strap just under your ear near the hinge of your jaw. All straps should be equally tight and free from slack. A test for this is that you should only be able to get two fingers between the straps and your chin.
  4. The helmet should not restrict vision or hearing in any way as it may prevent you from seeing or hearing approaching traffic or any warning signals from other road users.
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