How to Choose a Motorcycle Helmet

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When choosing a motorcycle helmet, look for one that has a DOT approval, and take personal preference into account as to whether you should pick one with three-quarter coverage or full coverage. Provide the maximum amount of head safety with help from an experienced motorcyclist and motorcycle repairman in this free video on motorcycle safety.

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Next thing we're going to talk about is head wear safety, wearing helmets. First of all there's a few states in this country that don't require you to wear a helmet for one reason or another. Florida being one of them, California being another one. But, we really, really need to look at safety and you've got a head there that you can't hurt it, you can't hit anything with it or you're done forever. But this is one of the helmets I have here. It's a three quarter helmet and it's got a D.O.T. approval in here, which you really want to look for. There's a little tag inside and it will state whether it's D.O.T. approved or not. There's also a full coverage helmet, a full faced, where it covers your entire face, your jaw, the back of your head, everything. It seems to be a little hotter, especially in the south. But, that's kind of personal preference, basically we're kind of looking for a well manufactured helmet that will provide the maximum amount of safety for your head. Obviously this comes in all different kinds of colors. Red, black, white, anything you really want. You can have them custom painted for your motorcycle, to match it. And there's a variety of different companies out there that will provide you with an excellent helmet. A step over here we have different kinds of what we call shades. They're sunglasses and they come in a variety of different colors and lenses in all and contours to fit your head. We also have several different kinds of riding gloves. Some are short and fingerless, like this version here. And, this fingerless version you have a little bit more feeling with the motorcycle and that's when it's warmer out you can use those. And these high gauntlet gloves, they protect you from the cold weather, the wind and all, when it does get a little bit cooler out. So, those are basically the different types of apparel that we need to think about before we get on a motorcycle. We want to be safe and comfortable at the same time.

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