Riding a motorcycle gives riders a sense of freedom on the open road. But having your loved one to accompany you makes the journey so much better. Yes, it is important for riders to wear a helmet, but it is equally essential for pillion rider to wear a helmet. Annually, approximately 140,000 Indians are injured or killed in MTW (motorised two-vehicles) road traffic accidents.
It is a most common misconception that the pillion rider doesn’t need to wear a helmet, but most of the accidents are caused when a motorcycle is hit either from the side- where the pillion rider sits or from behind. Hence, pillion riders are putting themselves at risk by not wearing a helmet. According to Section 129 of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, riders and pillion riders should compulsorily wear helmets.
So, before you go on a next road trip with your loved one, prioritise their safety first. Here’s why the helmet is essential for pillion rider and how it protects you:
Why Is It Important For Pillion Rider To Wear A Helmet?
Wearing a helmet is important as it keeps you safe in case of road accidents and can significantly reduce the severity of injuries to those on a motorcycle which includes rider and the pillion. A helmet protects the most vulnerable and essential part of your body — your head. Riding while having your helmet on can prevent damages to the brain, which is one of the most common causes of death in road accidents.
Wearing a helmet does not entirely prevent you, but it will provide a cushion to your head for the blow caused due to an accident. Wearing a helmet also helps your vision as well as protects from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Motorcycle helmet reduces the risk of death by 42% and the chance of head injury by 69%.
How Your Helmet Protects You
The main aim of a helmet is to reduce the risk of severe head and brain injuries by reducing the impact of collision to the head.
Your helmet works in 3 ways:
- It spreads the forces of impact over a greater surface area so that collisions are not concentrated on a particular area of the skull.
- It reduces the deceleration of the skull by managing the impact of the collision, which means the brain does not hit the skull with the force with which your helmet hit the object.
- It prevents direct contact between the impacting object and the skull by acting as a mechanical barrier between the object and the head.
Components Of The Helmet
- The shell
The shell of the helmet is the first layer to sustain the impact when you meet with an accident. This strong outer surface is made of a hard material and helps to distribute the force.
- The padding
The next layer- the padding is made of a soft, crushable padded material – usually expanded polystyrene, commonly called “Styrofoam,” which protects your skull by absorbing shock. It helps in deflection of impact away from your head.
Chinstrap is a retention system of the helmet, which many people choose to ignore. If appropriately fastened, the chin strap will keep the helmet firm on your head and will ensure as little risk as possible even in a crash.
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Do The Right Thing And Wear A Helmet!
The helmet protects your head from various head injuries like concussion, skull fracture, and bleeding. So, it is important for pillion rider to wear a helmet- not just because the law says so- but because it saves their life. Wear helmets and protect yourself.
However, we live in a world full of uncertainties where anything can happen, such as road accidents. It’s better to be prepared if such adversity happens with you. You should buy a bike insurance.
Buying bike insurance can cover yours financially against happenings like accident or theft. Bike insurance provides for damages, loss of bike, any third-party liability that arise, and for expenses incurring due to accident of owner-driver and pillion rider.
You can easily buy bike insurance online these days. These bike insurance companies offer to add on benefits like emergency medical expenses, consumable cover, third-party property damage cover; these can make your coverage more comprehensive. With such a cover, you will be able to experience peace of mind, even when things go south.
Have a happy ride!