There are a slew of helmet certifications these days—including SHARP in the UK and CRASH in Australia—but we’re going to focus on the three most common certifications: DOT, ECE, and Snell. DOT is the safety standard for helmets in the United States and is often criticized for operating on an honor system. While DOT does test helmets, they may be on the market before the tests begin and the standards are the least rigorous among our list. Next, the ECE is the European version of DOT but its standards are more thorough. ECE is implemented in 50 countries and recognized by all major racing organizations in the world. On the other hand, Snell is a private non-profit organization that bases its standards on motorcycle racing impacts. Snell tests helmets with a higher variety of velocities and angles than DOT and they also test the chin bar and visor of each lid.