For motorcyclists, there is no better thrill than jumping on a motorcycle and hitting the road. The wind in your hair, the sound of the bike rumbling beneath you, and that adrenaline-seeking feeling rushing through your body as you wind your way through streets, backroads, and highways.

Riding a motorcycle can be thrilling for many reasons, but it also can be dangerous. Often motorcycle accidents result in extreme injuries and even death. According to a report by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, head injuries are one of the leading causes of motorcycle fatalities.

Despite the dangers, some motorcyclists don’t wear a helmet, because they often believe in these top 4 helmet myths.

Myth #1 Helmets are heavy and cause neck and spine injuries: Not true. Helmets reduce the amount of impact and force to your head. Also, it reduces your chances of spinal injuries.

Myth #2 Helmets obstruct your view: Not true. All helmets have a 210-degree view, to help prevent against blind spots and vision obstructions.

Myth #3 I never wear a helmet, and I don’t need one: Don’t be fooled by your luck, motorcyclists are 16 times more likely to die from an accident without a helmet. Helmets reduce fatality by one-third.

Myth #4 I can’t hear that well with a helmet: Not true. Helmets, if anything, actually help reduce sound and make it easier to hear traffic sounds like fire trucks, ambulances, police, and passing cars. It shields you from bugs, windblasts to your face and eyes, and deflects other objects.

Because of the danger’s motorcyclists face on the road, many states have a helmet law, that requires all riders to wear a helmet for their safety.

However, Michigan’s helmet law is a little different. To legally not wear a helmet in Michigan, riders must:

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • First-party medical benefits ($20,000)
  • Passed motorcycle safety course
  • Motorcycle license for two years at least

These also apply to passengers, except that they need to purchase additional insurance of the motorcycle operator.

A motorcycle is a great way to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but remember, contrary to helmet myths, a helmet doesn’t stop you from enjoying the ride or cause additional risks, it reduces your risk of fatality. It shows other motorists you are a responsible motorcyclist.