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When should I replace my bike helmet?

On Behalf of | May 16, 2022 | Personal Injury

As the weather warms up, you may be starting to think about getting your bike out to enjoy the outdoors. Biking can be a great way to commute or to get some exercise.

Safety is an essential part of riding your bike. Whether you ride your bicycle on busy city streets or in quieter areas, an accident can happen in various circumstances.

Your helmet is a critical part of staying safe on your bike; here’s what you should know about ensuring your helmet is ready for another season.

After accidents

When you look at a bike helmet, it may seem like it could withstand a lot of abuse. While it can protect your head in a significant crash, it does have limits.

Your helmet can handle one crash. After that first impact, the material in your helmet that absorbs the fall is damaged and does not offer the same amount of protection. You should replace your helmet after every fall, even if you are not sure you hit your head.

About every five years

Bike helmets do not last forever, even if you never fall. The biggest issue is that after a few years, the material in your helmet will start to deteriorate. Also, every year, manufacturers and researchers develop new technology to offer more protection than previous helmet generations.

To ensure you have a helmet that can offer protection if you fall, you should replace your helmet about every five to seven years. Replacing your helmet ensures you have updated technology and quality materials to keep you safe.