Riding a motorcycle can be everything from an exciting afternoon to a whole lifestyle, but no matter how experienced you are, safety should be your top priority. That includes practicing motorcycle helmet safety in Las Vegas, NV. Not only does it protect you from injury, it’s the law.
Recently, Nevada updated its motorcycle helmet laws, which has a direct impact on our customers at Escape Eagles. Whether you’re an old pro or this is your first time riding a bike, you’re required to wear a helmet.
Motorcycle helmets are required for everyone
As of October 1, 2019, Nevada’s new motorcycle helmet law went into effect. All riders—including passengers—of motorcycles, trikes and mopeds must wear DOT-certified helmets while riding their vehicles. This also includes riders and passengers of motorcycles with sidecars.
The only exception is if you’re riding in a three-wheel vehicle that has an enclosed cab and a steering wheel, as that will afford more protection in the event of an accident. The law doesn’t concern electric bicycles, off-highway or all-terrain vehicles, but wise riders will wear a helmet anytime they ride in an open-cab vehicle—and that includes your average bicycle. The law also doesn’t apply to construction vehicles or farm equipment such as tractors, as those have their own safety standards with which riders must comply.
The major change involved is lumping trikes and mopeds into the helmet law. Before, those riders and passengers were not required to wear a helmet (even though they really should). Now, riding any of these vehicles without an appropriate helmet could get you charged with a misdemeanor.
Helmet options and fit
Luckily, helmets come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles so you can find one that’s comfortable and protective. Many offer full-face protection and sunshades or sun protection, which is ideal for the hot, bright desert.
Your helmet should fit snugly and squarely upon your head (this prevents it from coming off in a crash or moving around while you’re riding). The cheek and brow pads should come into contact with your cheeks and temples without pressing into them, and the neck roll should not push the helmet away from the back of your neck.
If you can move the helmet off your head while the chin strap is still fastened, this is a sign that your helmet doesn’t fit properly. If the helmet causes your head to feel sore at all, you should try a different option. Human heads come in a lot of different sizes and shapes, and helmet manufacturers take that into account—there’s an option out there for you that will allow you to observe proper motorcycle helmet safety in Las Vegas, NV while also being comfortable.
Ready to ride (safely)? Escape Eagles offers high-quality motorcycle rentals, including a variety of bikes to suit every rider. Our tours and rentals can be specifically tailored to fit your vacation plans, and will afford you the opportunity to experience the Southwest like you’ve never seen it before. Call us today to find out more and book your once-in-a-lifetime experience.