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What are the advantages of wearing a motorcycle helmet?

Driving a motorcycle can be a lot of fun. It can also be risky, as you know there is always the chance of being involved in an accident. Wearing a helmet, among other types of safety gear, can help prevent serious injury and death in the event of an accident.

Any motorcycle accident, regardless of the speed at which the vehicle is traveling, can have serious implications on the driver. This often means injuries to the head or neck.

The primary advantage of wearing a motorcycle helmet is the ability to lessen the likelihood of an injury in an accident. Here are some other facts to consider:

-- A helmet does not impede your vision. You can still see the entire road when the helmet is worn in the appropriate manner.

-- Most motorcycle accidents occur on short trips, which shows the importance of wearing a helmet at all times. It doesn't matter how far you are traveling -- it is always makes sense to put a helmet on first.

-- Low speed crashes can also be fatal.

-- A rider without a helmet is three times more likely to be killed by a head injury than a rider wearing a helmet.

All motorcyclists should understand the advantages of wearing a helmet. It only takes one second to strap on a helmet that could help prevent serious injury or death in an accident.

Understanding the many types of safety gear is a must. This makes it possible for bikers to know what they can do to improve their safety. When you have improved safety, you will experience more fun on the open road.

Source: Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, "The Advantages of Using a Helmet," accessed Aug. 18, 2015

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