When you are riding a bike, certain parameters and laws dictate the safety of the riders. Normally, the riders have to follow basic traffic rules to maintain organized traffic and allocate safety to the riders. These precautions are implemented to avoid accidents. If you are riding a two wheeler like Motorcycles, then you have to wear helmets to protect your head from suffering any injuries. It doesn’t provide safety to the entire body, but most of the road fatalities connected with the head injuries. Hence, most countries employ the law that helps the riders to wear helmets to prevent them from sustaining any serious injuries to the head. Helmets have been extremely useful regarding reducing the number of deaths and severe injuries, yet it has its sets of problems.
Firstly, it hinders the rider’s vision. While, safety is the primary concern, passengers subjected to limited vision. They also have limited hearing ability and gets completely sweaty on their head. All these can be set aside while considering the safety as the primary factor. However, people riding bikes with their helmets on may also have noticed visibility problems. Here the problem is caused by the visor, which is a glass or plastic sheet available in front of the helmet that provides clear vision to the riders. Visors are meant to give a clear view to the riders, but quite often in extreme cold or humid conditions, fog develops inside the visor. It can severely hinder the rider’s vision and turn out to be more of a bane rather than a boon for their safety. Visibility is reduced to almost zero, and there is no possible way to control the weather conditions. It is a nightmare that every rider has to live with, regardless of the quality of the helmet.
Fog or mist is clogged up in the visor due to the weather conditions. Whenever it is cold or rainy, the temperature inside the helmet reduces drastically, resulting in the fog. To make matters worse, riders also exhale moist air, which condenses on the surface of the visor. The best possible solution is to stop breathing, but certainly you cannot hope to take down that path.
So what are the feasible solutions to tackle such kind of problems?
Well, there are many ways to handle the issue without worrying too much about your driving.
• The easiest solution is to open the visor. Since the visor is open, no moist or dense air will hit the visor and the ventilation will force away all the moist air. Though it is a very good idea in some climatic conditions; you cannot possibly imagine trying out such option during rainy weather. Open visors can also affect the rider’s vision at high speed as a force of air will directly hit the face. Each helmet has visor notches at different elevations so riders can adjust it to the desired level to keep the inner temperature optimal without affecting the vision. It is a viable option, but of no use under rain or extremely windy conditions.
• You can also try to increase the ventilation inside the helmet without compromising the vision. Sure helmets have vent holes or nose guard provided at the front, which is expressly designed to enhance the ventilation inside the helmet. The other way to improve the ventilation is by opening up space near the chin area or below the helmet.
• Pin Lock is another great solution to the fog issue. While this option is not available for all the helmets, it is still very effective way to keep the fog away from the visor. Pin lock is a visor present inside the main visor, which acts as an anti-fogging system. It keeps the screen free from the fog due to the presence of the bubble of air between the two visors. This air keeps the temperature between the visors warm enough to provide clear visibility to the riders.
• The next option is the anti-fogging treatment. Usually, gel, spray or wax products are applied using a soft cloth to keep the visor from generating fog. However, this option is amount to mixed reviews as some people find it extremely helpful in clearing the fog and others complain of creating ghosting of lights at dark.