A helmet a day keeps the doctor away

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I know wearing a helmet is pretty uncool and uncomfortable, but it does serve a higher purpose: it protects the rider’s skull from fracturing which could lead to severe brain damage. And yet, if we take a cursory look at the roads, we find that majority of riders are riding motorbikes without any headgear.

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To illustrate how important a helmet is for a rider, I am going to share a personal experience. One fine morning, when I happen to be waiting near Kalma chowk underpass for a friend to pick me up, a Diahutsu Mira which was going fast suddenly stopped. I believe the driver didn’t want to go under the pass. As a result, he stopped so that he could reverse the car and go the other way. Unfortunately, a bike rider who happens to be right behind him could not react quickly. As a result, he smashed his head straight on the windscreen glass at the back of Mira.

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Since he wasn’t wearing a helmet, his skull smashed open, blood gushing out. From the looks of it, some of the glass even went into his eyes. He was writhing in agony. But all of this could have been avoided had he wore a helmet. This shows that an injury that could be minor concussion turned into a horror story for the rider. Rescue 1122 had to be called to tend to his injuries.

Accidents don’t tell us when they will happen to us so that we can avoid them. They happen to all of us, but it is our job to ensure that we take the necessary precautions to save ourselves from the injuries or worse, such as paralysis or death. The statistics shows that most of the bike accident related cases result in treatment of brain or spine, both of which are sensitive areas. A helmet is the best measure to prevent that. Therefore, when next time you go out on the road on a bike, try wearing a helmet. You will save yourself and your loved ones from a lot of trouble.

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Umer Asif

A Motorsport enthusiast who is currently studying Accounting and Finance.

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  1. An important point that all authors in Pakistan miss is that JUST WEARING THE HELMET WONT SAVE YOU FROM HEAD INJURY .YOU NEED TO BUY A PROPER HELMET THAT HAS GOT ALL NECESSARY CERTIFICATIONS AND IT FITS YOU WELL . IF YOU BUY TOO LARGE HELMET IT WILL NOT SAVE YOU AS THE HELMET WILL BE TOO LOOSE . SO BUY A HELMET AND A GOOD ONE . IF YOU THINK ABOUT SAVING MONEY ON PROTECTION GEAR AND HELMETS IT ONLY SHOWS YOU DONT LOVE YOURSELF AND WANT SOMETHING BAD TO HAPPEN TO YOU .IT IS ALMOST LIKE COMMITTING SUICIDE .
    sorry for caps lock but our awam only reads stuff that is written in caps lock . Peace .

  2. Totally agree with @salmanbucha one should wear certified quality helmet like LS2, SMK, STUDDS.
    Otherwise I heard somewhere that someone was wearing cheap helmet and accident caused helmet to be broken and broken parts damaged the skull more than the accident.

  3. Been there done that. I myself survived a very fatal accident thanks to Allah and my helmet otherwise I might not have been posting here and I don't know who says helmet is not cool or comfortable I m driving motorbike since 1997 and wearing helmet since then and it really makes a difference when it matters the most. One line I always tell my frnds and young ones who often use chap helmet that "helmet Jan Bachany k liay hota ha bhai chalaan Bachany k liay nai."

  4. Rugal says:

    I agree with you on this. Unfortunately, a few problems do exist.

    1. Certified helmets ain't cheap. A good helmet with crash certifications will set you back around 10k. Minimum. I've seen helmets from Arai that are somewhere north of 100k. I can get a Mehran for that kind of money and people on a CD-70 can't afford stuff like that. That said, those cheapo helmets ain't bad - they're still a helluva lot better than no helmet at all.
    2. There is no enforcement of standards for the helmet manufacturers - I have doubts if any standards exist in the first place. So nearly (if not all) every certified helmet is imported and if you factor in the import price, duties, transport costs, they end up being more expensive than the common bikes being ridden on the street.
    3. Traffic police launch drives against not wearing helmets every few months for a month or so and then its back to business as usual. This stopping and issuing tickets to people who don't wear a helmet should be permanent. Best would be to impound the bike. Helmet pehno warna jao bus mein.
    4. Theft. I've had 3 expensive helmets stolen - a couple from my office and one from a parking lot. Kept the helmet on the bike, went to a pan -wala for a pack of ciggies and turned back to find daddy's precious gone. Now using a cheapo helmet that no one steals. Yes there are ways to prevent theft but then again, to forget is human - one can't tie the helmet to oneself all the time.

    Overall, I agree. I've seen some really bad accidents that could have been minor ones with a helmet. Been in a few crashes too and helmets saved my head every time. Even the cheapo ones.

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