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An ATV helmet may be the most important purchase you make — even more important than the ATV itself. Head injuries can be life-altering, and wearing a helmet can prevent the worst head injuries from occurring. It is important to consider an ATV helmet that is DOT approved. The DOT stands for Department of Transportation; if your country does not have a DOT, be sure to find out what governing agency rates helmets, and be sure to choose a helmet that is rated for safety by that agency.
You will have several options when choosing an ATV helmet. Some helmets will feature full face protection and will have a flip-down visor that will protect your face from debris and the elements. Other ATV helmet designs feature an opening around the eyes, which means you may need to invest in some goggles to protect your eyes from debris and the elements. If you will be riding the ATV on roads, it is best to choose a full-face helmet with a visor, as this will offer the most protection. If you will be riding exclusively off road, an off-road helmet that is designed to work in conjunction with goggles will be a lighter and more appropriate choice.
You can also choose an ATV helmet that features a visor. This accessory serves two purposes: first, it will help cut down on glare from the sun, especially if you are wearing goggles; second, it will help protect your face from some types of debris as well as tree branches and other obstructions. Many off-road ATV helmet models feature visors, though not all do. If you prefer to have more range in your vision, you can go without the visor, though fewer helmets come without visors. You can always buy a helmet with a visor and then remove it if you prefer.
The helmet should fit snugly but comfortably. It should not move if you shake your head from side to side, or up and down. The chin strap should always be worn, and it should be cinched snugly under the chin. Do not tighten it so much that it is uncomfortable, but tighten it enough that the helmet will not move off your head if you shake vigorously. This strap is intended to keep the helmet on your head in the event of a fall, so inspect it often to make sure it is in good condition.
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