by Lisa Sitwell 2 min read

Even if you live in a state where it's legal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet, you should still consider wearing one. The added protection helmets offer is priceless, and just because a state doesn't require it doesn't mean it's not a good idea. Here are some benefits of wearing a helmet when riding.

Protecting Your Face From Debris

Riding a motorcycle means speeding down the highway and feeling the wind in your face. Unfortunately, the wind may not be the only thing you feel in your face if you neglect to wear a helmet. Bugs, dirt and rocks can all fly up from the road and hit you during your ride. This makes visibility difficult and can be quite painful. Wearing a helmet while riding can protect you from debris, and this can help you stay on the road safely. Being hit by a rock when you aren't wearing a helmet is a completely different experience than having one bounce off your helmet. The protection helps you keep your eyes on the road without worrying about what surprises will land in your face.

Preventing Injury

Wearing a helmet can help you focus on the road without sand in your eyes or wind blowing dirt up your nose. This extra focus can help prevent an accident. Even if you are in a wreck while riding a motorcycle, a helmet can mitigate the severity of the injuries. Helmets can help prevent or reduce the severity of a variety of facial injuries bikers might suffer in an accident. They also offer a certain amount of protection from head injuries and can make a difference in your ability to recover after an accident.

Temperature Regulation

Being too hot or too cold while riding your motorcycle can distract you from your driving and lead to an accident. Helmets can partially help with this issue. Helmets can help keep you warm if you are riding in cold weather because they help keep heat in when they cover your head. This makes for an easier ride in low temperatures.Though helmets may add warmth when you are riding in hot weather, they keep the sun from shining directly on your head. Plus, the sweat you produce while riding will help cool you off, as will the passing air when you are in motion.

Wearing a motorcycle helmet may not be required by law in your state, but it is still a good idea. The protection a helmet can offer is worth it. Such a simple extra thing to wear could mean a world of difference when it comes to your safety.

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