Well protected. Stay safe in traffic with a helmet.

A heavy April shower, a surprise summer storm, wet leaves in autumn, slippery surfaces in winter, a moment of not paying attention, a tram track or a kerb that is closer than expected: your bicycle slips and your head hits the pavement.

Most bicycle accidents result in damage to the head, which is why it is worth wearing a helmet. A good helmet acts like a buffer in such situations, absorbing the impact energy so less of it is transmitted to the head and thus preventing serious head injuries – in four out of five cases to be precise.

Wear a helmet! And make sure you do it properly.

  1. The helmet must be positioned horizontally on your head.
  2. Make sure the side straps are in front of and behind your ear and that they meet exactly below your ear.
  3. There should not be space for more than one finger between the straps and your chin.
  4. The fastener must not press against your throat.
  5. Make sure your helmet bears the CE mark and that it complies with DIN EN 1078.
  6. Ventilation slits ensure that heat does not build up under the helmet.
Graphic for wearing bicycle helmets

Your helmet should also be no more than five years old. Is it time for a new model? Ask your FLYER dealer for advice and find your perfect helmet.

You should also make sure that, even with a helmet, you always cycle carefully and considerately, choose safe bicycle routes, and observe traffic rules. If you still feel a little uncertain in traffic, you should attend one of the FLYER cycling safety training courses in Huttwil so that the different seasons will no longer stop you getting out and about on your bike.

 

by Yvonne Wyss
17 February 2020