Preventing Visor Fogging While Riding Your Motorcycle

May 29, 2024
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The summer is a great time to ride your motorcycle and all of the best months of this year are still ahead of us for riding, but there is one thing that presents a little challenge to all motorcycle riders and that is rain. We’ve already covered driving your motorcycle in the rain, but one thing that doesn’t get talked about enough is the fogging that happens to the visor on your helmet when it rains out. This fogging can cause serious visibility issues and can put you at risk of getting into a New Have motorcycle accident.

As a reminder the helmet law in Connecticut is only for riders under the age of 18 years old, all others are not required to wear a helmet. With that being said, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) strongly recommends that helmets be worn at all times when you are riding a motorcycle. Without a law, of course, it is not mandated in the state of Connecticut, but helmets have been proven to be one of the best ways to keep yourself free from serious injury when riding a motorcycle.

If you do choose to wear a helmet and you’re riding with a helmet that has a visor on it, one of the most challenging things with that setup that can occur is fogging on the visor. When you’re riding in the rain, similarly to driving a car in the rain, your visor can begin to fog up and make visibility low for you while you’re trying to navigate the weather. This can become a huge problem and be one of the reasons that you do end up getting into an accident. The good news is that there are a variety of different types of visors that may help alleviate these dangers.

When you’re thinking about riding your motorcycle in the rain you should consider swapping out your main visor for a visor that is designed for riding in the rain. There are some options you have when you are wearing a visor as part of your helmet setup.

1.) Anti-fog spray. This is a quick and easy solution that will not require you to replace your visor, but will allow you to achieve a visor that does not fog up in the rain. The only downside to this solution is that you will likely need to re-apply the spray throughout your ride which can be both time consuming and physically taxing.

2.) Anti-fog visor insert. This option is more permanent and will allow you to reduce the fog on your visor so you’ll be able to see more clearly and you won’t have to stop periodically on your ride to fix it like the spray mentioned above. This insert just fits inside your already existing visor and will help prevent you from experiencing fogging in your visor.

3.) Pinlock visor. If you don’t want to retrofit your current visor and you’d prefer to have a solution that is built into your visor, this is the option for you. This type of visor has a special double layer that creates an air pocket that reduces or prevents fogging. If you do a lot of riding in the rain this solution may be the best for you so you don’t have to consistently worry about fogging.

One other note while you’re riding in the rain is that you should always make sure you are wearing brightly colored or reflective clothing to make sure you are more noticeable to drivers you are sharing the road with. You most certainly don’t want to blend in with the drivers around you because their visibility will also be compromised by the rain and if they can’t see you, you may be putting yourself in a situation where a New Haven motorcycle accident could occur and you could get injured.

Taking steps to reduce fogging when you’re riding your motorcycle will help keep you safe, but it will not eliminate the risk of getting into an accident. If you get injured, you may need to speak with someone who has experience with a situation like yours. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will review your situation and work with you to protect your long-term interests.