To prevent injury, it’s always a good idea to wear a properly fitted helmet that is in good condition when riding your bike. For youth, age 17 and under bike helmet usage is the law in California. Here are some tips:
- The helmet needs to fit squarely on the head, with the front of the helmet low on the brow.
- The side straps should be fastened securely just below and forward of the ear, avoiding slack when the chinstrap is fastened.
- A properly fitted helmet should pull down on the head when the wearer yawns; not rock back more than two fingers above the eyebrow and not rock forward and cover the eyes.
- Helmet materials may break down over time and after a crash are usually no longer safe to use. Make sure yours is in good shape for safe use.
Check out this video for more tips about helmet safety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbT9gvq2_as&t=90s