Gear Up: 3 Types of Eye Protection Used When Riding a Motorcycle and How They Help
New York's motorcycle laws require that a rider wear eye protection that conforms to the guidelines of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The ANSI mission is to assure the safety of consumers. There are many types of safety gear that provides protection for your eyes when riding.
Helmet Eye ShieldsMotorcycle helmet laws in New York require all riders wear one. The basic Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for motorcycle helmets do not include a requirement for eye shields. However, many motorcycle helmets that meet the US DOT standards also include an eye or face shield. These shields provide basic protection from road and air debris such as gravel or insects. The best type of shield is a full-face shield that completely seals the front of the helmet. This protects your entire face from fine particles and water without obscuring your vision.
EyeglassesAll safety eyewear should meet the minimum ANSI - Z87.1 standards. Eyeglasses that meet these standards are certified to protect against specific hazards such as impact, optical radiation, droplet and splash, dust, and fine dust particles. When shopping for eyeglasses look for the notice that they meet the ANSI standards. Glasses with UV protection will not only help shield your eyes from harmful radiation, but also help reduce glare from the sun during daylight driving.
For night driving, it is best to have a separate non-tinted pair with anti-glare lenses designed for night driving. To make sure your glasses are secure on your face, using a sports strap will help prevent them from flying off in the event of a sudden turn or stop. Eyeglasses are usually the eyewear of choice for those who use prescription glasses when not on their bike, as they can be fitted with your regular prescription.
GogglesGoggles must meet the same ANSI - Z87.1 standards and provide the same safety features. Goggles provide a few extra protections in that they are secured to the head with a band so it is harder for them to come off during sudden maneuvers or stops. Goggles should fit snugly against the face to provide better protection against fine dust particles, which regular eyeglasses may not block. If you regularly wear contacts, goggles may be a good choice. The seal created between the goggles and your cheeks will prevent air from hitting your eyes and help reduce the risk of your contacts drying out while on long trips. Make sure you carry plenty of eye drops and contact solution, as well as a spare pair of glasses, if you are traveling with contacts.