A helmets primary function is to protect your head. So what should you look for when buying a lid? The first things to consider are its certifications and what these certifications mean pertaining to crash related injuries.
Organizations like Snell have many different tests to ensure a helmet will actually do its job if or when necessary.
The Snell foundation was established in 1957 after William Snell died from a motorcycle related accident. This non-profit organization works to understand the causes of head trauma as well as ways to prevent them.
Getting a helmet with a Snell rating means the helmet manufacturer has had its products tested to prove its ability to prevent injuries at particular crash or impact levels.
Its likely youve seen a DOT certification or decal on the helmet you are considering. The DOT or Department of Transportation sets its standards and counts on the honor system for makers of this type of protection to abide by. That said you are essentially leaving your trust and the well being of your melon to the honesty and reputation of the helmet manufacturer.
Your best bet is to look for a helmet that is both Snell and DOT approved to be sure all of the bases are covered. Its also a good idea to buy from a reputable company with a proven track record for making helmets.
Your head is important and so are the gooey contents inside it. Protect it. A helmet is one item you dont want to cheap out on.