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Tips To Buying A Helmet | 10 Things You Must Know.

Tips To Buying A Helmet | 10 Things You Must Know.

There are so many new options, technologies and variations of helmets that are available in the Nepali market today. From helmet visor material, to its build, the helmets brand, its safety standards and even more variables must be considered when purchasing a good helmet for your safety when riding the two-wheeler. We have listed some essential tips to consider when purchasing the best helmet for you:

1. Safety Standards:
- Look for helmets that meet safety standards such as DOT (Department of Transportation), ECE (Economic Commission for Europe), or SNELL (Snell Memorial Foundation). These certifications ensure that the helmet has passed safety tests and meets minimum safety requirements. Nepali market has such helmets with safety marks such as Shark, AVG, Studds, SMK, LS2 and more.

2. Fit:
- It is important to choose a helmet that fits you properly. The helmet should be snug but not “too tight”, and it should not be able to move around on your head. A well-fitted helmet should also not cause any pressure points or discomfort.

3. Comfort:
- Comfort is key when choosing a helmet. Look for helmets that have good ventilation, as this will help to keep you cool and prevent fogging. Additionally, consider the weight of the helmet, as a heavy helmet can cause strain on your neck and shoulders. A helmet weighing 1500 to 1800 grams is acceptable for regular usage.

4. Type of Helmet:
- There are different types of helmets available, including full-face, modular, open-face, and half-helmets. Each type has its own pros and cons, so it will be wise to choose the one that suits your needs and preferences.

5. Price:
- Quality helmets can be expensive, but remember that it is an investment in your safety. Don't compromise on safety for a cheaper price. Look for helmets that are within your budget, but still meet safety standards and provide the features you need.

6. Brand and Reviews:
- Look for reputable brands that have a good reputation for safety and quality. Additionally, read reviews and feedback from other riders who have purchased and used the helmet you are considering.

“NepaliWheels has review videos on Shark, AGV helmets on its youtube channel which will provide you basic knowledge on the helmets functionalities and price.”

7. Replace it After 4 to 5 years:
- A helmet's lifespan is considered to end between 4 to 5 years of its initial purchase. It is suggested by industry practitioners that a regularly used helmet must be replaced in 4 years. The accumulated external dust, germs and foreign against and the internally the riders perspiration will have created a thin unpleasant film of dirt. This cannot be eliminated through the regular helmet washing. Thus, to benefit from a better air ventilated helmet, it must be replaced.

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