DOT Motorcycle helmets are helmets that meet a minimum standard of head protection in the event of an accident resulting in impact with the helmet. If a helmet does not meet these standards, then the assumption can be made that the helmet will not adequately protect your head upon impact and severe head injury, brain damage, and/or death can occur.
Motorcycle helmets that meet the standard are typically labled with a DOT stamp on the rear portion of the helmet. Like the one pictured here. This helmet is the Vented Alien Half Helmet by Rodia, a very popular helmet with awesome sci-fi graphics. As you can see this helmet is labeled with the DOT symbol.
Keep in mind, this does not mean that the helmet has been tested in any way by the DOT. It only means that the manufacturer has built the helmet along the specifications outlined by the DOT.
DOT Motorcycle Helmets vs Novelty Helmets
If a motorcycle does not have a DOT label, you can assume that the helmets is a novelty helmet. Novelty helmets do not provide adequate head protection and should not be worn when riding. Unless, of course, head protection is not important to you. If that is the case, you are in the wrong place.
To learn more about novelty helmets, check out this article.
DOT Standards vs Other Standards
There are two other standards for motorcycle helmets that you should be aware of. Check out this video to learn more about the different standards.
DOT Motorcycle Helmets for Sale
The best place to shop for DOT Motorcycle helmets is on Amazon. They have a huge selection of helmets in all styles and at some of the best prices. Most even include free shipping. Much easier than searching all over town and only seeing a limited selection at inflated prices. Check out a small example of them below, then click through to find your next DOT motorcycle helmet.
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