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Safety First, MotorSport Helmets

When choosing a window treatment, many try these top down blinds out for style and functionality. Same case when looking for furniture, clothing, and other items one would want to have or purchase. In motorsport, aside from style and functionality, motor gears must pass the safety standards issued. One gear that should pass these standards is the helmet.

 

While most safety specifications and standards of auto racing are measured by the SFI Foundation, your headgear is a different matter. Headgears or helmets are assessed by the Snell Memorial Foundation, an organization that is non-profit devoted to learning, teaching, testing and improvement of the safety standards of helmets. In most occurrences, the specification of a helmet given by Snell will determine whether it is suitable and meets the standard for a particular racing application, or permitted by the motorsport authorizing group.

 

Every five years, Snell issues new assessments or ratings. It is usual for racing organizations to permit the use of helmets for the current and previous requirement. For instance, Snell 2010 helmet may be permitted in your association, however, you are responsible for defining what safety gear is obligatory and apt for your precise kind of racing. This is an additional example in which reading and understanding the rulebook sensibly is very much encouraged.

 

The respective rulebooks for NHRA and IHRA for drag racing, plus smaller racing bodies, have those specifics and information. For circle track racing, various rules and requirements are definite to each race circuit. There is a variance between helmets that are approved by DOT and by Snell. Most racing programs won’t allow helmets that are only permitted by the Department of Transportation.

 

Classification Of Helmets Rated By Snell

 

Snell SA
Snell SA Helmets are those that are assigned as Snell SA2015 or SA2010. Sports Application or SA-rated helmets are professional-grade. They are intended for auto racing and deliver the maximum degree of impact resistance as well as fire protection.

 

Snell M
Snell M Helmets are assigned as Snell M2015 or M2010. Motorcycle or M-rated helmets are fabricated precisely for motorcycle racing as well as motorsports that are related to it. They provide less fortification as compared to SA-rated helmets.

 

Snell K
Snell K Helmets are assigned as Snell K2015 or K2010. Karting or K-rated helmets are created for karting and possess impact standards that are equivalent to Sports Application helmets, however with different scale of fire protection.