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"Maintenance Tips for Helmets"

Motorcycle helmets ensure safe and enjoyable riding experience and are the most important safety gears for any biker. However to make sure that helmets retain their functionality, these could be maintained with care. Helmets increase the chances of survival in the event of a crash and so if proper safety measures are not followed; these could not only prove ineffective in saving the lives of the riders but also could prove dangerous. 

Follow a few maintenance tips that would increase the life span and utility of helmets. 

To maintain the required safety standards and quality of your helmet, proper maintenance of your helmets is important. Check the guidelines of the manufacturer and follow the maintenance tips clearly. Helmets are available in a variety of materials including fiber glass, Kevlar and carbon fiber among others hence not all chemical cleaning agents will be suitable for all types of helmets. Follow the guidelines for cleaning tips to make sure that the chemical cleaning agents do not cause any damage to your helmet. Regular cleaning of helmets and visor is essential to ensure maximum visibility. 

The inside of the helmets could accumulate dirt and sweat which can spoil the fabric and stitching and cause odor. The removable pads can be washed gently and sir dried where as those helmets with non-removable interiors, can be cleaned by using any good quality using bacteria and mildew eliminating products. 

Never paint or stick pictures and stickers unless you are not sure about the glue or chemicals used in the stickers as it could damage the texture of the helmet. Stickers could leave adhesive residue when removed, which can be removed by mildly scrubbing with alcohol swabs. Make sure to wipe off the excess liquid and clean the area with soap and water once the adhesive residue is removed. 

Motorcycle helmets should be ideally stored in a soft helmet bag to protect it from scratches and wear and tear. Helmets should be kept in level surfaces to avoid the risk of falling down as the string impact may cause breakage of the visor. You should store helmet in a cool and dry place and away from pets. Never keep helmets near hot surfaces a sit could damage the shell of the helmet. 

The straps of the helmets might worn off with time, so make sure to inspect them periodically to make sure that the helmets remain in top condition.

"Pros and Cons of Full Face Helmets"
Full face helmets cover the whole head region of the rider right from his brow to the back of his head to his chin. The thickly padded helmets are secured fastened to ensure a full protection of the skull area. Considered the safest of all models of helmets, these cover and protect the face and neck better than any type of helmet. This type of helmet is used by both motorcycle and dirt bike riders and has its own advantages and disadvantages. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures put over 70 percent of bicyclists involved in fatal crashes suffer from head injuries. Full face helmets could be highly effective in preventing head and brain injuries, which make them vital safety accessories for any biker. 

Pros of a Full-Face Helmet 

Full face helmets are believed to be the safest in the market and offers better protection of the head and cranium of the riders better than any other type of helmet. This helmet ensures maximum coverage and offers total protection from flying debris and stones kicked up by other riders on the road and are recommended for long rides and dirt tracks. 

Full-face helmets incorporate eye protection in the form of a sturdy acrylic visor that often slides across the viewport. This protects the rider from wind, rain and dust and reduces eye fatigue. The full face helmets are also designed to reduce the impact on the jaw area as these are some of the most vulnerable parts to get injured in the event of a crash. 

Full-face helmets are adequately vented, which will ensure free flow of air through the helmets. This would keep the rider comfortable even in hot summer days. These helmets also keep the head cool and fresh smelling by reducing the sweat even after a long tedious ride. 

Cons of a Full-Face Helmet 

Full-face helmets are pricier than half-shell helmets because a lot more materials go into the construction of these helmets. Full face helmets are heavier than the half helmets and hence could add up to the neck fatigue. 

The heavily padded design of the full-face helmet could impair the hearing capacity of the rider in crowded road. As the face is encased, some riders also complain that they lose their peripheral vision while using a full face helmet. Whether to opt for a full face helmet would depend on your travel demands and needs and you should make the choice after a thorough ground work on the topic.

Tips on Filling your Vehicles...  

This is a Message received from a friend:

I don't know what you guys are paying for petrol... but here in Durban, we are also paying higher, up to 47.35 per litre. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every litre.

Here at the Marian Hill Pipeline, where I work in Durban, we deliver about 4 million litres in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline.

One day is diesel; the next day is jet fuel, and petrol, LRP and Unleaded. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 litres.

ONLY BUY OR FILL UP YOUR CAR OR BIKKIE IN THE EARLY MORNING WHEN THE GROUND TEMPERATURE IS STILL COLD. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground, the denser the fuel, when it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening.... your litre is not exactly a litre.

In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the petrol, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products play an important role. A 1degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

WHEN YOU'RE FILLING UP, DO NOT SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER OF THE NOZZLE TO A FAST MODE. If you look, you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode, you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapours that are created, while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapour return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour. Those vapours are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TIPS IS TO FILL UP WHEN YOUR TANK IS HALF FULL. The reason for this is, the more fuel you have in your tank, the less air occupying its empty space. Petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine. Petroleum storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the petrol and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation.

Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated, so that every litre is actually the exact amount.

ANOTHER REMINDER, IF THERE IS A FUEL TRUCK PUMPING INTO THE STORAGE TANKS, WHEN YOU STOP TO BUY, DO NOT FILL UP - most likely the petrol/diesel is being stirred up as the fuel is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Hope, this will help you get the maximum value for your money.

Claim your cash slip when filling up you vehicle's tank The pump  attendants take the cash slips from the cash register attendant and sell these same cash slips to taxi drivers.
The taxi drivers then add these cash slips to their own and so claim a bigger subsidy amount from government thereby not feeling the pinch of  the fuel increases.  
Send this to everyone on your address list ? to prevent this corruption
going on and the rest of us (non-subsidized drivers) suffer in silence.

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