As we explore the world of e-scooter safety, secure your seatbelt (or, in this instance, helmet strap)!
Wearing a helmet is mandated by law in India, although using an electric scooter is not.
The Motor Vehicles Act and a helmet must be worn by anyone operating an electric scooter on a public road.
The requirement to wear a helmet is not only because the rules say so, but also for the safety for the rider from head injuries. In India, where traffic conditions can be challenging and roads often congested, wearing a helmet becomes even more essential to ensure the rider’s safety.
For riders who choose a lighter and less constrictive option, a classic helmet that covers the top and rear of the head might be a better choice.
Even though the choice to wear a helmet is upon the rider, but it is highly recommended to use an helmet in order to protect oneself and be safe.
The purpose of a helmet to ensure your maximum safety while riding, When selecting a helmet, consider the following factors:
Look for helmets that meet the safety standards set by trusted certifying organizations, such as DOT, ECE, or ISI. This is a guarantee that there has been rigorous testing that has been done for the helmet.
A properly fitting helmet is essential for maximum safety. Ensure that the helmet snugly fits your head and does not move around excessively. It should also cover the forehead and sit low on the back of the head.
Polycarbonate, fiberglass, or carbon fiber are typically used in the building of helmets. Varying degrees of durability and impact resistance are offered by various materials.Take your riding preferences and riding style into consideration while choosing the helmet material.
Look for helmets that offer adequate airflow to keep you comfortable during rides.Proper ventilation improves overall safety and comfort by preventing excessive sweating and visor fogging.
Some helmets come equipped with additional features such as built-in Bluetooth communication, sun visors, or anti-fog coatings. These features can enhance your riding experience but remember that safety should remain the top priority.
Apart from the immediate physical harm, riding without a helmet can lead to legal implications. In many nations, including India, it is a felony to ride without a helmet and there may be repercussions. Therefore, it is always advisable to prioritize your safety and comply with the helmet-wearing regulations while riding an electric scooter.
Just like adults, children riding electric scooters should also wear helmets. No matter your age, safety should never be compromised. In fact, for kids, the risk of head injuries can be even greater due to their smaller size and developing skulls.
Make sure that a child’s helmet is the right size, fits snugly and complies with safety requirements. Encourage kids to ride safely by keeping a lower speed and steering clear of hazardous locations and busy highways, among other things. Young riders can learn safe riding practices from you if you lead by example and stress the value of wearing a helmet.
Wearing a helmet is not just because the rules say so, it puts a very important aspect to your safety. It is ideal to invest in a helmet that ensures maximum safety and is tested thoroughly. This way the riders can have a safer and enjoyable ride.
Do not forget that your safety or should we say, your head is in your hands!