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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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How to Fit a Helmet

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when finding the right helmet for you or your student:

1. When the helmet is sitting on your head (even when it's not buckled) it shouldn't move very much when shaking your head "yes" or "no."

Then, follow the 2 V 1 Rule:Only two fingers should fit between your eyebrows and the bottom of helmet.

2. Make sure the front of the helmet isn't tilted back. Only 2 FINGERS should fit between your eyebrows and the bottom of the helmet.


The side straps should form a V under your ears.3. The side straps should form a V SHAPE just below the ears.



Only one finger should fit between your chin and the chin strap. 4. Adjust the chin strap so only 1 FINGER fits between your chin and the strap. You want it to be snug, but still have a good amount of movement for opening your mouth wide to sing and say hello. :) 


 We grabbed those images from a fun helmet education video from Manitoba Canada. You can check it out for yourself here

 We also thought this short video from Safe Kids Worldwide did a good job of explaining helmet fitting. They use another simple guide of "Eyes, Ears, and Mouth" to aid in getting the right fit.