HELMETS!One of your primary defenses against permanent damage is your trusty Helmet! Waterford Hills follows SCCA rules for helmets:
From the 2013 Solo rules:
Note that DOT ratings are not included in the approved list above.
Helmets meeting the following standards must be worn while on course:
All helmets meeting the latest or two immediately preceding Snell
Foundation standards (SA2010, SAH2010, SA2005, SA2000, M2010,
M2005, M2000, K2010, K2005, K98), SFI standards 31.1, 41.1, 31.1A,
31.2A, 41.1A, 41.2A or British spec BS6658-85 type A/FR are acceptable.
I'd like to give you all kinds of technical details on why DOT helmets are not allowed, how the testing differs, and lots of other justifications, but I'm not a helmet expert. I can only tell you that the decision to not allow DOT helmets was made, and we cannot allow them for insurance and safety reasons. So the short answer to DOT helmets is:
DOT ONLY RATED HELMETS ARE NOT APPROVED FOR WATERFORD HILLS!Take a close look at your helmet
, it will have a stamp either on the back or inside under the padding that shows what standards it was tested and approved for. Many helmets carry multiple approvals (SFI and Snell). It is up to you to know where the rating is located so you can show Tech. If you plan on painting your helmet, make sure it has the stamp in a location you won't be covering up. If you can't prove your helmet certification, you can't use it on the track.Open face vs Closed faced helmets
- If you are buying a new helmet, go with a closed faced helmet. Averill of Averill's Racing Stuff: http://www.racing-stuff.com/
provides safety equipment for many of the test drivers at the Big Three. He highly recommends a closed faced helmet for safety. Don't skimp on this item... Think about it - a $50.00 helmet is for a $50.00 head! Visor/Safety glasses
. You're on a road course with other vehicles... they throw up debris as they move around the track. I've been hit in the face with a pebble a few times in the past driving in my hard top Mustang. The windshield only protects you from the front... make sure you wear something to keep the small stuff out of your eyes!Used Helmets
Club racers have to get rid of their helmets sooner than we do - you might consider placing a wanted ad on our Swap and Sell forum. If you do this, inspect the helmet and make sure it hasn't suffered an impact in the past. If it has, or if your current helmet has, you'll need to get yourself a different one. Never use a helmet that's been in an accident and impacted something.
Once more... because Tech Will
reject you for a non-approved helmet...
DOT ONLY RATED HELMETS ARE NOT APPROVED FOR WATERFORD HILLS!