According to new research commissioned by Carole Nash, almost 400,000 UK motorcyclists are using crash helmets that need to be replaced because they no longer offer maximum protection.

Helmet manufacturers and independent safety experts, such as the Snell Foundation, agree that helmets should be worn for no more than five years. This is due to degradation of the glues and resins used during the manufacturing process. The researchers conducted a survey and found that 62% of motorcyclists would only buy a new helmet if they had been involved in an accident.

In addition, 63% said they would continue to use their helmet after dropping it, even though there would be a significant risk that it had suffered internal damage that cannot be seen.

The research discovered that on average, 46% of bikers will initially spend more than £200 on their helmet, with 38% opting for one finished in fashionable, but hard to spot, black. The more visible options such as blue (14%) and yellow (6%) are selected much less often.

Rebecca Donohue, head of marketing at Carole Nash, said: “While it’s encouraging to see that bikers are making an initial investment in their lids, we urge them to not see this as a one-time expense. With premium manufacturers like Arai offering free helmet checks to their customers, we would even recommend bikers who have just dropped their helmets to get them checked out. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

If you’re considering replacing your lid, why not check out our Motorcycle Helmet Buying Guide.

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