Not sure about wearing a helmet? Lets weigh the pros and cons

Pros of wearing a helmet

  • Protects your head from impact in case of a crash or if the bike skids. Chances of injury or scarring are effectively reduced owing to the biker wearing a helmet.
  • Protects your face from dust and pollution on the road.
  • Protects your eyes from the wind, minute bugs as well as dust and other particles in the air.
  • Provides some level of insulation from traffic noise
  • Saves you from traffic challan and unnecessary haggling with the police
  • Brightly coloured helmets enhance your visibility on the road
  • Protects you on cold and windy days

Cons of wearing a helmet

  • May mess up your neatly styled hair.
  • Might be cumbersome to wear in the summer months due extremely hot weather in some parts of the country.
  • Carrying along your helmet or finding a way to lock it on the bike every time you are going for a ride might be a little taxing.
  • Over a long time of wearing a fitting helmet, it may result in hair loss due to the hair not getting enough oxygen and space to breathe. You may lose your hair through hair breakage which isn’t a permanent hair loss problem.
  • Most of the roads being dusty and so the visor does not stay clean. This makes problems at night, especially when there is light showers as it diffuses the head lights coming from the opposite direction.
  • Helmets damage your spine, just below your head, in rough roads, due to its weight. Light weight helmets are not easily available in India for road use. The ones which are available are the safety helmets used in industrial settings.

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