Fact number one: the motorcycle exposes the rider with no protection from a crash. That's pretty obvious. Unlike a car, the motorcycle has no windshield, door, window, roof, and airbag; not even a seatbelt, to secure and protect the rider. Fact number two: most motorcycle accident deaths occur because the rider is not wearing protective equipment. Riding without body jackets or armors and helmets makes any area of the body vulnerable to impact. Fact number three: a full-face motorcycle helmets provide the most protection to a rider!
While a shorty or a half-face helmet will offer some kind of protection, nothing beats the protection offered by full-face motorcycle helmets. Covering the entire head area, with the helmet's rear extending to cover the nape and the skull's base, and front protection for the chin and jaw area, full-face motorcycle helmets cover a hundred percent of what should essentially be protected. A shorty falls short of protecting the ears, the base of the skull, the chin and jaw area. A half-face may cover these areas but still leaves the face open to damage. Full-face motorcycle helmets take care of them all.
Some will say the full-face motorcycle helmets are very constricting, isolating, not to mention it is hot, it reduces hearing, and it separates the free-rider from the wind. Safety-buffs, however, are quick to retort that they can still get wind and coolness and relative freedom with full-face motorcycle helmets without compromising their protection. They say there are modular or convertible, flip-up or flip-face helmets, all improvements of the full-face motorcycle helmets, where chin bars pivot upwards, venting systems allow for head crown cooling and internal airflow, visors and chin portions extend to leave more room, and acoustic features ensure low-noise and maximum sensitivity to ambient noise.
For full-face motorcycle helmets to provide the maximum protection, the outer shell should be sturdy and rigid enough to avoid penetration yet capable of spreading the load and impact. Inside the shell, the liner must be made of materials like expanding polystyrene that absorb the energy of, and crushes on, impact. The chin section or chin strap must fit the helmet snugly to the rider's head without constricting movement. And fit padding and liners must allow for comfort and snug fit so that the helmet remains intact and in protective position in the event of a crash.
The full-face motorcycle helmets work like a shock absorber during a crash. At top or normal cruising speeds, the motorcycle and its rider is in for a neck-breaking stop in the event of an accident. The momentum being brought to that sudden stop when the rider hits another vehicle, a wall, or a roadside sign, or the pavement, translates to a lot of impact energy that the head has to disperse. Otherwise, the head absorbs the impact and tends to be crushed. The full-face motorcycle helmets disperse that energy over the helmet area and especially the internal liners. The blow of the impact is thus reduced, protecting the head, the face, and the skull most importantly. Without the helmet, imagine a water melon smashing on a wall.
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