TRL is conducting
research to examine the factors associated with helmet loss, which
will assist our understanding of the potential mechanisms and
provide better consumer education to motorcycle helmet users. The
programme involves physical testing and helmet user surveys.
TRL would like to invite motorcyclists to take part
in this survey, which will provide us with valuable data on
rider attitudes to motorcycle helmet fit and potential factors that
may influence the quality of this fit.
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Powered two wheeler (PTW) riders represent 1% of road traffic
but 19% of all road fatalities. It is reported that of these
fatalities, over 80% receive a strike to the head and in 80% of
these cases the head injury is the most severe injury sustained.
There is strong evidence to show that between 10-14% of helmets are
ejected prior to or during the impact event.
Current European regulation, Reg22.05, includes a pull-off test
to try to ensure adequate retention-system strength and stability.
Schemes, such as SHARP, educate the user to improve fit selection
at time of purchase. But, it is unclear whether either adequately
addresses the true mechanisms of helmet loss. TRL's study aims to
investigate whether the existing test requirements in ECE Reg 22.05
are realistically based and how well existing helmet designs comply
to these tests when new and used.
TRL also hopes to identify the mechanisms of helmet loss and to
quantify the importance of relevant factors such as inertia
effects, head geometry and flesh compliance and misuse. Collection
of real world data to support this project will be a valuable asset
which can be used to support future projects and educate both the
industry and end users.
In case of query, please contact Vincent St Clair Tel:
01344 770430 Email: email@example.com