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The map shows the percentage of motorcyclist fatalities in which riders were not wearing helmets, by state.

Motorcyclists account for less than 1 percent of miles traveled on U.S. roads each year, but they are involved in 14 percent of fatal crashes.
A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report says that universal helmets laws help to reduce fatalities and also save money for consumers and local governments.
Between 2008 and 2010, in the 20 states with a universal helmet law, 12 percent of the motorcylists who died in a crash were not wearing helmets. In states with partial helmet laws, 64 percent who died were not wearing helmets, and in the 27 states without helmet laws, 79 percent were not wearing helmets.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that in 2010, medical costs, productivity costs, and other expenses were nearly four times greater in states with comprehensive helmet laws. California (universal helmet laws) saved $394 million and New Mexico (partial helmet law) saved $2.6 million.
So for this week’s #TuesdayTips, we’re giving you some pointers on selecting the right motorcycle helmet. Even if your state doesn’t have a universal helmet law, you can still put safety first and use one every time you ride.
  1. Check for labels:
    1. Look for the DOT sticker on the back. A helmet that lacks a Department of Transportation sticker is not compliant with federal regulations.
    2. Also look for a label that has the manufacturer’s name, the helmet size, the helmet’s model, the date of manufacture, the materials used to make it, and the manufacturer’s contact information.
  2. Check for fit:
    1. Pull the helmet on by the chinstraps.
    2. The helmet should sit squarely and snuggly on your head.
    3. Make sure cheek pads touch your cheeks.
    4. Make sure there are no gaps between your temples and the helmet’s brow pads.
    5. Make sure the helmet cannot roll side-to-side, forward off your head, or backward.
    6. If the helmet has a neck roll, it should not push the helmet away from your neck.
    7. If you have a full-face helmet, the face shield shouldn’t touch your nose or face.  
Are you a motorcyclist? What’s your favorite thing about riding motorcycles?

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