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ONE-HALF COVERAGE (SHORTY)
HELMETS (LEAST RECOMMENDED
OF THE APPROVED HELMETS):

• provide limited head protection

They do not:
• protect the face and chin
• protect the base of the skull
• protect completely from the weather

Lighter coloured helmets are more

            

visible to other motorists. When choosing a
helmet, wear it for five to ten minutes. This
will help you decide if the helmet will be
comfortable when worn for a longer time.

Be sure the helmet fits properly. Fasten
the chin strap securely. If you can remove
the helmet without loosening the chin
strap, either the helmet is not properly
secured on your head or it is the wrong
size for you.

Following are some tips to maintain the
effectiveness of your helmet:
• Manufacturers recommend that a
   helmet be replaced after it has been
   involved in a collision.
• You may need to replace a helmet if
   it has been damaged or dropped
   onto a hard surface with a weight
   bearing impact.
• Do not buy a used helmet, as it may
   have been in a collision or damaged.

• Do not use a helmet that is past the
   manufacturer’s recommended date for
   safe usage.
• Do not alter or change a helmet in any
   way, because this could reduce its
   effectiveness. For example, do not paint
   it, clean it with solvent, or install any
   equipment.
• Do not apply reflective strips or stickers
   to a helmet that are not approved for
   that purpose. Purchase a helmet with
   reflective features as part of the design.

Eye and face protection

Most motorcycle windshields do not
give adequate protection for your eyes
and face. The best protection is a full
coverage helmet that already has a built-in
face shield.

A plastic shatter-resistant face shield
will help protect your face from wind, dust,
dirt, rain, insects, and rocks thrown by
other vehicles. These problems can be
distracting, painful and dangerous. If you
have to deal with distractions, you will
not be able to give your full attention to
operating your motorcycle.

To be effective, a face shield or eye
protection must:
• be motorcycle specific (a shield that
   comes on an approved helmet will also
   be approved)
• be free of scratches
• be strong enough to resist being
   penetrated
• give a clear view side to side as well
  as forward
• be fastened securely so it does not
   come off when riding
• be large enough to fit over eyeglasses
   or sunglasses


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