Motor vehicle accidents account for half of all concussions, so it is imperative to wear a seatbelt in the car. Observe all applicable safety rules and avoid commonplace activities that result in a good share of automobile accidents, such as driving while talking on the phone, eating, adjusting the radio, etc.
Wearing safety helmets during recreational activities decreases the risk of traumatic brain injury by more than half. Purchase and wear a helmet when riding a scooter or bicycle, skiing or snowboarding. Wearing a properly fitted helmet substantially decreases the risk of suffering a concussion.
Five Smart Steps to Properly Fit a Helmet
1) Measure your head with a measuring tape to determine size. First, measure around the forehead just above the eyebrows, and then measure around the largest part of your head.
2) When you put the helmet on, align the front rim above your eyebrows. Hold the straps on both sides and roll the helmet over the back of your head.
3) Check for gaps. The pads should be flush against your cheeks and forehead. The back of the helmet should not touch the nape of your neck.
4) Perform the roll test. With the chin strap fastened, your helmet should be snug and comfortable. Try to roll the helmet off your head. If the skin of your forehead moves with the helmet, you have a good fit.
5) Use your helmet properly. Be sure the helmet fits snug above your eyebrows. Too many bike helmets are worn with the front tipped back, exposing too much of the forehead.
Remember, a helmet could save your life. Don't go out without yours.