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As the first week of April has now come and (almost) gone, we want to remind readers that this month is National Check Your Helmet Month. As such, don’t forget that the average life span for a helmet is three to five years. Numerous times we’ve seen riders wearing helmets far, far, older than five years simply because a visual inspection with their untrained eye deemed the helmet to be in acceptable working order.

A lot can happen in five years. Constant pounding from the sun’s rays and a five-year buildup of sweat and oils from your head can take their toll on a helmet’s internal composition, even if you don’t see it.

'The number of motorcycle crash fatalities has more than doubled since 1997,' says Ozzie Giglio, Principal of Windy City Motorcycle Company. 'We know that helmets save lives and reduce health care costs. In fact, according to Advocates for Auto and Highway Safety, motorcycle helmets are currently preventing $17 billion in societal harm annually…but $8 billion in harm could be prevented if all motorcyclists wore helmets.'

'It’s not just enough to wear a helmet,' Giglio continues. 'You have to make sure that is functional, well-fitting and able to do its job properly. Additionally, it’s important to be sure that riders properly maintain their helmets, otherwise they could greatly diminish its life-span and performance ability.'

Spring is the ideal time for this reminder, as Giglio says that many riders make unsafe choices about their helmets during the weather. 'Many people leave their helmets in their garage, but if you live in a place like the Midwest that has fluctuating climates, that can be terrible for your helmet. We can swing from 100 degrees in summer to -20 in the winter, and helmets integrity gets questioned as it swells and shrinks in the Midwest weather pattern.'
Read more about Don’t Forget: April Is Check Your Helmet Month at Motorcycle.com.
 

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I do clean that visor after every ride. Trust me on that. Next, I check the battery attached to the helmet. After awhile, bugs don't stick to it. Same with the monkey suit. I do have a backup helmet, though. Why I keep thinking about a back up bike but problem is that the wife makes a point of counting bikes.
 

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I really feel like this is what the helmet companies use to continue revenue flow.

If your helmet is kept in controlled environment 90% of time, what could go wrong with it? The Styrofoam inside the helmet doesn't even rot, change form or deteriorate in any form. What would change in good environment?
 
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