In a crash on a racetrack the head is by far the most vulnerable part of the body. This is why it is of the upmost importance that all drivers that enter the racetrack wear a specially designed helmet to help protect themselves if a crash should occur.
The racing helmet is specially designed piece of equipment that either completely encompasses the head and provides full-face protection via a visor or just surrounds the head and doesn’t come fully around the chin but is connected with a strap.
Determining whether to wear a full-face helmet or an open-faced helmet changes depending on the type of car you are driving. Many people who choose to wear an open faced helmet will still wear protective eyewear and simply choose this option as a full-face helmet slightly restricts peripheral vision more than an open faced helmet.
Racing helmets are made up of three parts:
- Outer Shell
- BeadALL Liner
- Inner Liner
The outer shell is a specially designed construction that uses a composite of different materials including; several types of glass, Kevlar as well as other fibres and weaves that, on their own may not be able to provide adequate protection, but together creates a very strong, hard, glossy outer shell.
Underneath this outer shell resides the BeadALL Liner. This is made up of a special foam which provides unparalleled impact absorption that is missed by the outer shell. The outer shell is strong enough to withstand harsh punishment, but any impact that is powerful enough to penetrate the outer shell is distributed evenly, away from the head by the middle liner. The BeadALL Liner is usually made form polystyrene or polypropylene.
The inside lining of the helmet is mainly for the comfort of the wearer but also has some in-built safety features. This form-fitting layer is usually made from Nylon. This material is used because it is fire retardant, it doesn’t melt, drip, burn or support any type of combustion at all.
This inner lining is also fitted with cheek pads, chin straps and visors made from tough plastic which can prevent penetration form any flying debris.
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