Nearly 400,000 UK motorcyclists are wearing helmets that need to be replaced.
A survey from motorcycle insurer Carole Nash found that 41% of UK motorcylists were wearing helmets that have been in use for five or more years - manufacturers and safety organisations recommend bikers should replace their lids every five years to cater for degradation of the glues and resins used in production as well as normal wear and tear.
Six-in-ten (62%) motorcyclists said that they wouldn’t buy a replacement helmet unless they had been involved in an accident; with an additional one-in-five (22%) stating that they would not buy another while their current one still ‘looked fine’.
The research also showed that 63% of bikers would continue to use their lid after having dropped it, risking the possibility that it has suffered internal damage that cannot be seen.
The data also revealed that, while nearly half (45%) of bikers will initially spend more than £200 to purchase a safe lid, four-in-ten (38%) motorcyclists said they chose a fashionable - but hard to spot - black as their helmet colour, ahead of more visible options such as blue (14%) and yellow (6%).
Carole Nash head of marketing Rebecca Donohue 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. While the costs of a replacement may feel eye watering, why run the risk of the worst happening?”