S TAY S HARP

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Es­tab­lished in 2007 as part of a Govern­ment drive to re­duce road ca­su­al­ties, the SHARP ini­tia­tive pro­vides an in­de­pen­dent and con­sis­tent mea­sure of hel­met safety. To achieve a sharp rat­ing each model of mo­tor­cy­cle hel­met un­der­goes 30 lin­ear and two oblique im­pact tests. A min­i­mum of seven in­di­vid­ual hel­met sam­ples, in a range of sizes, are sub­jected to im­pacts at three speeds and the re­sult is pre­sented in an easy to un­der­stand rat­ing of one to five stars. Un­for­tu­nately this only mea­sures ac­tive safety, so a ‘five star’ rat­ing may have been ob­tained at the cost of rider com­fort. The aim is to en­sure no-one’s wear­ing a one star hel­met rather than make sure ev­ery­one’s wear­ing a five star. For most riders any­thing with three stars or above is prob­a­bly wor­thy of con­sid­er­a­tion.

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