Motorcycle helmet safety
Up to 50 lives could be saved each year if motorcyclists wore the safest helmets available to them.
This is why SHARP (safety helmet rating and assessment programme) came into being in 2007, after the Department for Transport found real differences in the safety performance of motorcycle helmets available in the UK. While all helmets have to meet minimum safety standards, research showed that up to 50 lives could be saved each year if motorcyclists wore the safest helmets available to them.
Thanks to a simple five star scoring system, SHARP provides motorcyclists with independent and objective advice, revealing the different safety performances of UK motorcycle helmets.
You can see how helmets are tested by clicking here. We are not sure you should try this yourself, but it’s good news someone else has done the test for you.
Manufacturers are advised of the SHARP rating before it is published and they are able to lodge an appeal if the measured data does not match what they have seen in development or production testing. This process ensures that the SHARP rating is representative of a helmet’s performance.
The SHARP test involves 32 impact tests on a helmet model before awarding the SHARP star rating. Helmets that offer good levels of protection uniformly around the head rate highly in SHARP. That’s not to say a 1-star helmet won’t protect you. Regardless of its SHARP rating, every helmet on sale in the UK meets at least one recognised standard, ensuring it offers at least a minimum level of protection.
What do you think of the SHARP test and advice? Has SHARP influenced you when buying a motorcycle helmet?