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What are the two primary types of recommended helmets?

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What are the two primary types of recommended helmets?

  1. ¾ and full-face.
  2. Full-face and half.
  3. ¾ and skull cap. 
  4. Retractable and solid. 

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: A. ¾ and full-face.

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Explanation: Types of Motorcycle Helmets

In order to pass your motorcycle permit exams and to become a safe rider, it’s important to know why a particular answer on the motorcycle written test is correct. 

The two primary recommended types of motorcycle helmets that will provide you the most protection include full-face helmets and three-quarter helmets. 

A full-face motorcycle helmet includes a solid chin guard that wraps around your chin and the front of your face. 

A ¾ motorcycle helmet lacks a chin guard and is open in the front. 

Both helmets include full coverage on the top, back, and sides of your head. 

Whichever style helmet you choose, you should make sure that:

  • It meets DOT standards. 
  • It fits snugly and comfortably all the way around. 
  • It is not damaged or overly worn. 

You should wear your helmet and fasten it properly every time you ride your motorcycle. 

A helmet is the single most effective way to protect yourself from serious head and neck injuries when you are involved in a motorcycle crash. 

You can find more information about this topic in the motorcycle rider’s handbook.

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