Helmets decrease the severity of head injuries, the likelihood of death, permanent disability, and the time recuperating from injury.
How to choose the safest helmet for you
Follow the guidelines below to ensure that you are choosing the safest helmet for you and know how to use it correctly.
- All motorcycle helmets used on Australia roads must comply with AS/NZS 1698 and be labelled accordingly. To see examples of these labels, please click here.
- Consider the protection and comfort ratings provided in this website.
- Choose a light coloured helmet. A lighter coloured helmet offers better visibility to other vehicle drivers both during the day and at night.
- You should not purchase a second-hand helmet, as it may have been involved in a crash or have experienced UV degradation, nor should you lend your helmet to others, as it can affect how the helmet fits your head when returned. There may be little external evidence that a motorcycle helmet has received a very forceful impact. Helmets should be disposed of carefully to avoid re-use. It is recommended that straps are cut off, or the helmet is cut in half before disposal. To dispose of a helmet in an environmentally responsible way, confirm with your council whether helmets are accepted in their clean ups. Most helmets have a plastic or fibreglass shell, EPS foam liner, nylon or polyethylene straps and a plastic buckle that are not recyclable.
- Remember, helmets are produced in a range of sizes to satisfy a mass market. Your head shape and size are unique to you, so take the time to follow the steps outlined in Helmet Fit section when purchasing your new helmet.