Content Reviewers:Rishi Desai, MD, MPH
Bicycle riding is about as safe as walking.
But when you’re riding in traffic or down a mountain trail, it can be dangerous.
Wearing a safe bicycle helmet correctly is the best way to protect your head in a crash.
Helmets have changed over the years and there are helmets made for lots of different activities.
Some are multi-purpose, but they may not be made for riding.
Start by picking one that’s certified for biking.
To choose a helmet, first find the circumference of your head where a hatband or sweatband might sit.
Use a fabric tape measure or piece of string and measure it with a ruler.
Next, make sure the helmet’s not on backwards. Hey, it happens!
Turn the dial to adjust the tension until it's snug -- nod and shake your head.
The helmet should stay in place.
Adjust the helmet so that the front edge is level across your forehead, and 1 or 2 fingerbreadths above your eyebrows.