It’s always a good idea to wear a safety helmet when you’re riding a bike. But it’s best to own a new one, rather than giving in to the temptation to buy a used helmet or use a very old one. A used helmet does not come with a previous owner’s history; if it’s been part of a crash, it can have cracks and damages inside that make the helmet useless. Old helmets deteriorate over time due to wear and environmental damage, and they often don’t meet current safety standards. While an old helmet is better than wearing nothing at all -- a helmet can reduce head injury by as much as 85 percent -- do yourself a favor and upgrade to a newer, safer helmet.
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