Want to Make The World A Better Place? Ending world poverty may be outside your immediate capability, but you can make a difference, at least in the motorcycle world, by helping the Transport Research Laboratory with its motorcycle helmet research project.
The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) is a private outfit which offers transportation-related research and consultation to public or private clients. It’s been around since the 1930s, and has been involved with everything from traffic roundabout design to bomb development during World War II.
Its current research project is also based on explosive findings. The TRL has been researching statistics around motorcycle helmets for a while, including a 2012 study that found as many as 30 per cent of riders had helmets that didn’t fit correctly. Follow-up research in 2014 showed 20 per cent of riders saying their helmets had almost come off in a crash. TRL’s research also found many riders bought helmets without being measured for fit, or bought helmets online without trying them on beforehand.
With those stats in mind, TRL is now working on research to improve helmet safety. Along with lab-level work (3D scans of riders’ heads, to see if fit can be improved), TRL is also conducting an online study to determine users’ experiences in helmet fit and crash performance. The questionnaire doesn’t take long to fill out, and doesn’t collect any personal information.
With that in mind, it’s worth taking the time to fill it out, as only a few minutes’ work might contribute to an overall increase in rider safety, and that’s a very good thing. Click here to see the survey.