Kids who love wheels can be trouble. Unless you oblige and buy them the right helmet. A lot of consideration must go into choosing a lid for your kid. Kids’ helmets must pass muster in terms of size, weight, coverage and colors. There are two sets of contradictory expectations from children’s helmet: one, of the parents regarding first-rate safety and other from the tiny tots for whom style is the priority. As adults who have taken their fair share of tumbles, we know that safety overrides looks. And being adults we can always get children to comply. Still, the market perseveres and many brands have come up with kids’ helmets that can satisfy us as well as the kids’ brigade. All that remains for you to do is to take note of the following features:
1. Helmet type
Figure out how long your child’s riding fantasy will last. If she or he has picked up motorcycling courtesy their friends, riding mania is likely to vaporize once summer is over. If you are the cool motorcyclist parents who want their kids to learn from life rather than books, then you are looking for a sturdy full-face helmet. You can choose a BMX helmet without visor if they like to go off-track. In most cases its best to look for full-face coverage with chin guard. Make sure it properly covers the head and neck of your child.
2. Helmet size
Kids’ have an expensive habit of growing out of everything. So it’s not unusual when parents try to buy all things ‘one size up’. Only, this could be fatal to your child in case of children’s helmet. In the event of any unfortunate impact, the helmet must remain on the user’s head to protect them. Buying a bigger sized helmet will cause it to slide off the kid’s head.
All major helmet brands have detailed sizing help on their websites. Measure your child’s head at the widest part above the eyebrows and check the sizing help on these websites. This will help you nail the correct and safe size. You can also go for helmets that have replaceable cheek padding. These can be switched out as per your little devil’s requirement.
These days most manufacturers are developing kids’ helmets that can last through their growth spurt without compromising on safety. Their head does not change size drastically in the formative years.
3. Helmet padding
Any person’s head and neck are the most vulnerable area during motor accidents. Consequently these regions need maximum protection from crash impact. If you pick a lightweight helmet that has flimsy padding in these areas, you might as well not buy it. Instead find the right bargain of quality inner liner and weight. You can look up the materials used to make the helmet padding and feel it yourself to get an idea of reliable that kids’ helmet is. The comfort liner should cover the whole of their head and cheeks for maximum security.
2. DOT, ECE, Snell certification
Needless to say, always go for reputed brands for kids’ helmets. Check for DOT or ECE safety certifications when you buy them. These are preset minimum standards that are established to ensure that the helmet wearer has a fighting chance in a mishap. If you are particular, Snell rating can also be checked especially for motocross helmets. These standards are a sure-shot way of knowing that your child’s helmet abides to basic precautions needed for their well-being.
3. Helmet colors and graphics
Clearly, the most important factor on the kids’ checklist will be outer appearance. Kids want to own good style even at the price of comfort. Players like Razor and Vega produce some great lids for kids with tons of graphics and color schemes. They make sure that the helmet will appeal to the young as a necessary accessory. Its always better to have more colors and hi-viz splashes on the children’s helmet to get them noticed on the roads. Some reflective material at the backside will catch other commuters’ attention and they can swerve clear of these youth riders.
4. Be the adult
Be the adult in the dynamics of buying kids’ helmets. You have to make sure you don’t simply give in to their demands without ensuring the helmet is durable first. Buy from good brands. Feel out the padding and check for defects. See that safety finds prominence over the outer looks. Question your child regarding fit and comfort of the helmet when they wear it. Price should be considered but not above the quality of the helmet. Once you pick your lid, make sure that they wear it properly. Secure the helmet with the chinstrap. Always lead by example and follow safety regulations so that your kids will value them as they grow.