Is there a specialized type of helmet for electric scooters? There is no particular law or other standard specifically for electric scooters. But since speeds and impact velocities are similar to bicycle riding, CPSC believes that a bike helmet provides sufficient protection. The smaller wheels on electric scooters make them less stable and controllable than an e-bike, and according to the UCLA’s University Medical Center in Santa Monica most of injuries of e-scooter riders are from falls, not collisions.
Riding a bike requires more physical effort than riding a scooter, so you don’t need as much vents on your scooter helmet, but if you already own a certified bike helmet, you’ll be fine using it for riding a scooter as well.
Bicycle helmets, by law, need to only meet the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s bicycle safety standards. They’re generally light weight, have less cushion, and have built in vents to help cool overheated bikers.
If a helmet is marked as “multi-sport”, this means that the helmet meets safety standards for more than one activity. These multipurpose helmets usually comply with both CPSC Safety Standard for bicycle riding and ASTM Standard for skateboarding. This is a great option for people whose activities include a number of different outdoor sports.
Moped and scooter helmets are intentionally more durable and heavy duty than bike helmets, due to the fact that the potentially severity of motorcycle accidents outweigh bicycle accident injuries. The most popular types of helmet used for electric scooters are the half-helmets and the open-face helmets. Half helmet only covers the top of your head and the area from your forehead to your brows and provides minimal protection. If you want more protection go for the open face helmet, also known as a ¾ helmet, which covers the top back and sides of your head and only leaves your face exposed.
Full Face Helmets
Since some electric scooters can go over 40mph, if you ride at those speeds, it makes sense to go for a full-face helmet. These helmets protect the head, neck and the face and provide an additional support to the neck during a fall.
There are three types of full-face helmets, helmets used for motorcycle, helmet used by mountain bikers and those used by freeride and downhill longboarders. Motorcycle helmets tend to be heavier, but they are also offering more protection at crashes at higher speeds. Downhill and MTB helmets are lighter, they put less strain on your neck, therefore they are more comfortable.