08 November 2006

Helmet Comedies

I cannot help but smiling to myself when people say that wearing a helmet reduces visibility. If that is the case, then what is the rear-view mirror for ? If you are not accustomed to seeing a rear-view mirror and driving, who gave you a license to drive ? And now please don't lecture about blind spots and shit okay ? I have been driving for 14k+ kms on all kinds of terrain and under all weather conditions (almost. I drive a Royal Enfield you see). If you keep your concentration, there would be no chance of blind spots at all. So it is nothing but plain crap if someone says wearing a helmet reduces visibility.
The second comedy i read is that helmet reduces the horns you would hear from vehicles around you. Plain crap once again. It is not that your ears get plugged with wax. The helmet forms a protective covering around ears. Helps when you drive with lots of flies around.
The third one is lack of money to buy a helmet. Come on. A bike costs 16k (I am talking of TVS-50 types). A decent helmet costs 400rs. Few days in hospital costs anywhere upwards of a few thousands. You do the math
The fourth one is "It sweats when i wear a helmet." Better have drops of sweat running over your forehead than a doctor's stethoscopes or drops of blood !!!
Wearing a helmet saves lives. Period. No doubts about that. But please buy a proper helmet that has an ISI mark. Improper helmets could actually kill.
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Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 7:21 PM


  1. Blogger ada-paavi!!!! posted at Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 10:06:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    another usage, of helmet, if ur wearing a helmet, people cannot see ur face. so if ur taking one figure on bike, and ur girlfrnd notices that, u can always say she mistook somone else for u since u were wearing helmet.
  2. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 9:19:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    vatsa: indeed a life saving reason :-)
  3. Blogger Balaji posted at Friday, November 10, 2006 at 4:38:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    its very unfortunate that we are having this discussion at all. no sane government would allow people to drive without helmets.

    can't free helmets be offered as promotion for bikes?

    how is smoking banned in movies while driving without helmets isn't?

    mothers who carry infants on bikes should be charged with attempted manslaughter!

  4. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 2:05:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    It's really sad that we say we are grown ups and stuff but still we need govt to enforce a rule. I cannot fathom why these crazy two wheelers cannot use a helmet.
    In fact, there is a proposed regulation that all bikes will be sold with a helmet and the cost would be added to the cost of the bike.
    And the manslaughter thing is cool ;-)

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