Tips for Properly Fitting a Motorcycle Helmet

When traveling on a motorcycle, it’s absolutely critical to wear the proper protective gear – especially a motorcycle helmet – to prevent life-threatening injuries in the event of an accident. While Pennsylvania’s helmet law doesn’t require motorcyclists to wear helmets if they are over 21 years of age and have completed the proper training or have at least two years of riding experience, motorcycle helmets can help reduce the risk of debilitating and fatal head and neck injuries sustained during a crash. Here’s how to find a proper-fitting helmet to help ensure your on-road safety.

Find Your Ideal Motorcycle Helmet

Start with your hat size – most helmets are marked S, M, L or XL. If you don’t know your hat size, you can measure your head at its largest circumference and use a size comparison chart. Next, you’ll want to try on several helmets. A proper-fitting helmet will fit snugly and sit squarely on your head. If the helmet moves at all or feels loose, try the next size down. Make sure to perform these fit checks:

  • Ensure that there are no gaps between the temples and brow pads.
  • Make sure the cheek pads touch your cheeks without pressing uncomfortably.
  • If you have a full-face helmet, press on the chin piece. The helmet or face shield should not touch your nose or chin when you do so.
  • Move the helmet from side to side and up and down. Your skin should move with the helmet.


Remember: a new helmet should fit as tight as you can comfortably wear it, as the helmet may loosen a bit as the comfort liner compresses over time. And most of all, never size up or down to compensate for a helmet that’s the wrong shape. Instead, look for a different shell size, EPS size or shape. A qualified helmet salesperson should be able to help you find the right helmet for your head.

In the Event of an Accident, Call Thomas, Conrad & Conrad Law Offices

Even with a properly fitting helmet, you may become injured as a result of a negligent driver. After a motorcycle accident, give the Thomas, Conrad & Conrad Law Offices a call at 610-867-2900 for a free consultation.


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