Cycling is a wonderful way to commute, exercise and enjoy the city. Every time you climb on your bicycle, you must take certain steps to avoid an accident. After all, bike accidents occur every day.  If you find yourself involved in one, you may never be the same. 

In 2017, more than 4,000 cyclists in New York City sustained some type of injury in a collision with a motor vehicle. Wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to stay safe on your bike. Still, your helmet is only as good as the maintenance you perform on it. Here are three ways to keep your riding helmet in excellent shape: 

1. Be careful with cleaning products 

Cycling helmets have a way of attracting sweat, grime, dirt and fingerprints. While you do not want your helmet to look messy, you must be careful with the products you use to clean it. Because chemical solvents may weaken your helmet, you are probably better off using a damp cloth or mild detergent to keep your helmet looking its best. 

2. Keep it cool 

Helmet manufacturers recommend storing their products in a place that stays within a specific temperature range. Generally, though, hot temperatures are bad for cycling helmets. Because heat can warp or melt your helmet, always store your headgear at room temperature. 

3. Perform regular inspections 

Tiny cracks can make your helmet less effective. Therefore, try to never to drop your helmet. If you do, inspect it for signs of damage before your next outing. Additionally, you must always replace your helmet after a crash. 

Wearing a helmet every time you ride on New York’s highways, roads, bridges, streets and paths is essential to staying safe. Because a helmet is such an important piece of safety equipment, riders must commit to taking good care of their helmet. With regular maintenance, you can be certain your cycling helmet has what it takes to protect your head from serious injury.