Selecting a Bike Helmet
Having the right helmet properly positioned on your child's head can save his or her life in the event of a bike accident. Below are tips on how a bike helmet should fit.
- 95% of bike riders with helmets say that comfort is an important feature in a bike helmet. Bike helmets are more comfortable, better fitting, and easier to wear than every before, with excellent ventilation, lightweight materials -- many even have a hole for a ponytail!
- The helmet should fit snuggly enough so it doesn’t slide from side-to-side or front-to-back. Use the foam pads to improve and adjust fit.
- The helmet should be worn level on top of the head, not tilted in any direction. It should cover the upper part of the forehead and sit level on the head.
- The chinstrap should be comfortably snug; to make sure the chinstrap is correctly adjusted, slide your finger under the strap, then remove your finger -- the strap should snap back into place. Another way to check the fit is that the helmet should pull down when the child opens his mouth.
- Toddler helmets are lightweight, because a toddler’s neck is not strong enough for a regular helmet. Also, these helmets come down low around the back of the head for more coverage.
- Choose a helmet that meets current safety standards. Look for a CPSC1, ASTM2, ANSI3, or Snell4 sticker inside the helmet. Every new helmet must meet the CPSC standard.