Originally Posted by Large
Many fallen brothers without helmets, I always wear a DOT/SNELL full face helmet, don't matter if I'm going 1 mile down the road or not.
This is another good point... those stupid skull caps ARE NOT HELMETS. Anyone who has the argument that it's better than nothing couldn't be more wrong. They do almost nothing to protect you in a fall. DOT helmets are designed to absorb the initial impact to help keep your noodle safe.
Also, make sure you have a good quality helmet that's in good condition. If you've ever dropped the helmet over 3', you've more than likely compromised the helmet. Your helmet should be swapped out every 3 years at minimum, more often if you ride a lot.
Sorry, I'll get off my soap box now. This is an issue that is close to home, my uncle died because of this. He had a skull cap on and layed the bike down because a moose ran out in front of him. His body hardly had a scratch on it (he was only wearing a leather vest and jeans as riding equipment and still had no road rash that would have needed to be treated) but he hit his head when he went down and died from brain swelling. All your gear, all the time!