My stepfather is a racer, and he has to worry about having a safe racing helmet. Of all the safety equipment that you need for racing, this is one of the most important. Many bad things can happen when you get into a car, especially one that goes very fast. Add to that fifteen or twenty other cars going very fast, and anything could happen at any moment. If there is something wrong with your helmet, or you aren’t wearing a good one, you can sustain serious injury to your head in the event of an accident, even a minor one. I remember going to see my stepfather race on one occasion when he did have an accident.
He has been lucky for the most part, but on this particular night, he wrecked. All we saw was his car fly off the side of the racetrack and down over a hill. He was fine, but we weren’t sure until he climbed out of his car. His racing helmet was cracked, but it had done its job. Thankfully there was nothing wrong with his head, well at least nothing that wasn’t wrong before the accident.
Because his racing helmet was cracked, he had to throw it away and get a new one. Once the shell has been compromised, the racing helmet is no longer any good and won’t protect you in an accident. This is why you should never consider buying a used helmet. You simply don’t know what has happened to it. Much like a car seat for children, there may be defects that you cannot see, even if the outside is in good condition. If you are looking on eBay for helmet, you should make sure you are only buying a new one, and never consider a used one. Make sure you spend money when buying a racing helmet. Don’t go for the cheap model. Remember that this is something that is meant to protect your skull in the event of an accident. Not all racing helmets are created equal.
The cheaper helmets may not offer you the protection you need in the event of an accident, and you want only the best. It only takes one good knock to the head to do permanent damage that you may have to live with for the rest of your life. Even worse, a hard knock can end your life. Keep that in mind when shopping for a racing helmet. .