What is the helmet supposed to protect?

2 Feb

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this youngster using his helmet as an Elbow Guard.

Helmet for the Elbow
(Click for a larger view)

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21 Responses to “What is the helmet supposed to protect?”

  1. prashanth m February 2, 2007 at 8:04 am #

    It happens only in India 😐

  2. M O H A N February 2, 2007 at 8:53 am #

    Abroad, all 2 wheelers are to
    a) keep the head lights switched ON at all times to increase visibility
    b) Both the pillion and rider HAVE to wear helmets 100% of road time 🙂
    c) No accessories like 1 kid on petrol tank, one in hand allowed.

    Offcourse they zoom at 100 KMS++ on tace track types of roads and are mostly used as hobby only.

  3. veenashiv February 2, 2007 at 10:28 am #

    When I wear seatbelts on car, Prashanth & one of my friend both were teasing that girls are mostly like that.

    They want to get glued to the vehicles no matter its 2 or 4 wheeler… They hold the bike handle so tightly that during some accidents they will definitely fall along with the vehicle..

    This is a good catch Vijay, Mohan can we not send this to police & ask them to take action. The number plate is anyway visible ? 🙂

  4. Vijay February 2, 2007 at 10:38 am #

    Veena: I am a big fan of the seat belt.. somehow I feel safer wearing it.. old habit

  5. M O H A N February 2, 2007 at 10:51 am #

    Yes veena, with your blessing vijay shall do the needfull.

    When riding a bike i allways wear a full mask helmet. It helps me keep away sinus infections 🙂

    When riding the car, i allways wear my seat belt, insist my co-passenger will also have to wear otherwise the car will not start. It helps the passenger firmly inside the vehicle on a front crash and me 600 Rs less fine with that good police constable 🙂

    I dont know why side impact bars are not insisted by vehicle buyers in INDIA. We have to wait for the models to get obsolete and get passed down to third world countires…. so much for new vehicles.

    Interestingly the card that killed Diana in 1994 was a merc with seat belts, impact baloons, side reinforcments, front and back bars. God had other designs and just turned the car upside down with impact from top. The merc crumbled like a match box.

    The latest mercs of E class come with re-inforced tops. Options of armour plating included.

  6. praneshachar February 2, 2007 at 11:27 am #

    please see the post helment are must where in all these issues were raised.in RK’s blog rambling with bellur. a very good picture rightly captured good one vijay police should book few people like this and good senses will prevail. this is more dangerous than not wearing the helmet.

  7. Murali Partha February 2, 2007 at 11:59 am #

    A guy who is doing this, obviously does not have much up there that is worth protecting anyway. What are we all talking about? 😉

  8. veenashiv February 2, 2007 at 12:40 pm #

    Murali has a point… We can probably post this in Vijay times. Do anybody knows KP personally ? Vijay seriously…

  9. veenashiv February 2, 2007 at 12:45 pm #

    One of the reasons quoted by many people for not wearing seat belts are..
    It makes it feel glued to the seat & is a uncomfortable feeling. I tried Honda Civic recently(one of my rich relatives).. I guess those cars have better seats, seat belts & more importantly huge place between (specifically for designed for people who are little fat /lenghty legs;-))

    Vijay, Its a good idea that we can send people to these nations to make it a habit. I have read it somewhere, Practice becomes a habit & Habits die hard!!

    Well Have a Nice weekend Folks
    -Veena

  10. DD February 2, 2007 at 2:18 pm #

    yeah..it happens..
    And Vijay..me finished your loong pended tag..

  11. Vijay February 3, 2007 at 1:41 am #

    Ganga: Good tagging…

  12. Mysorean February 3, 2007 at 4:39 am #

    Nice pic Vijay! 🙂

    LOL to Murali’s comment!

    Yes, wearing a helment should be made compulsory. Valid point. But then, the implementation is such a pain. Our police force is understaffed and they seem to have personnel enough only to stand in few important junctions and cannot patrol every part of the region (where the rule gets implemented). And in cities like Chennai during summer, wearing a helmet becomes so uncomfortable because of the humidity and heat. I am not saying it is not safer, but that’s the situation today.

    I think we should adopt the China system of bicycles for short distances and public transport for long distances. And slowly phase out these personal transport vehicles.

  13. praneshachar February 3, 2007 at 8:07 am #

    mysorean
    if that happens as stated in your last para it will be a heaven
    can this happen will it happen is a million dollor Q
    this is our country India mera bharat mahan
    navella mahan jana yella mahan

  14. Mysorean February 3, 2007 at 5:40 pm #

    Praneshachar:
    Whatever I am saying might sound impractical but it is not impossible atleast. Enantheera?! Correct taane?!

  15. praneshachar February 5, 2007 at 2:37 am #

    Mysorean agreed yes atleast we all can wish good samaritans will be our next generation and they will enjoy the fruits of their good senses
    we can all pray and earlestly wish for the same

  16. Murali Partha February 5, 2007 at 3:54 am #

    There was an exact replay of this with me this morning. I saw another cool guy with a similar elbow ornament. But I was driving my car and I did not have the same reaction time or the mental faculties as Vijay to keep an eye on the traffic, a hand on the steering wheel, reach for my mobile, turn to the side and click. Besides such cool guys are very fast, so you will have to speed up too.

    Which brings me to the question – Vijay – how did you manage it? Must have been pretty dangerous sir? 😉 ‘Fess up!

  17. Vijay February 5, 2007 at 5:00 am #

    Murali, the answer was pretty simple, I was not driving.. Venky’s driver was doing the honors and I was in the back seat.. 🙂

  18. Murali Partha February 5, 2007 at 5:06 am #

    Thought I had you cornered!

  19. Vijay February 5, 2007 at 5:08 am #

    Murali: LOTs of people think that… 😉

  20. veenashiv February 5, 2007 at 6:50 am #

    Vijay wears seat belt too, so that was just not very safe (he will definitely not attempt too). I thought he must be visting some vegetable vendor near that BSK 2nd stage park!!
    Conincidently even I saw a guy, I just remembered this post.. May be now people will start noticing this !! or try to connect to this discussion….

    Lesson learnt – Don’t click photos when you are driving or have somebody’s driver to do the honor.

  21. praneshachar February 5, 2007 at 8:20 am #

    yettu yerige yeledare kona kerege yeliitanate
    yatana mamara yattana kogile
    yeni bhava sambhanda
    adare yettana helmet yettana seat belt
    yeni bhaha sambhanda ri
    helmet helmet helmet
    use it use it use it
    proetct your head (iddre)

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