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When riding a motorcycle, safety should be your top priority. One of the basic necessities of being safe while riding is having full visual of the road ahead of you and being aware of what’s around you.
It can be dangerous to not be able see while doing such activities. A lot of people wonder if it’s okay to wear glasses while riding a motorcycle mostly because of it’s compatibility with wearing a helmet at the same time.
Can you ride a motorcycle while wearing glasses? It doesn’t matter if you have prescription glasses or sunglasses, you can still ride a motorcycle while wearing glasses. Any type of sunglasses can help motorcyclists ride safely on the roads.
Many motorcyclists use glasses to ride on the roads every day. A chunk of the world’s population requires them in order to see so there is no discrimination against those who need to wear them and want to enjoy a ride on their motorcycle. You should be aware of some things when you are riding your glasses.
Going on a ride with glasses
Since ancient times, glasses have been a part of our lives. Glasses have been used to improve sight and protection. They’ve proven to be effective doing both things or else they wouldn’t have lasted near as long as they have.
It can be difficult to wear glasses while riding a motorcycle. If you don’t wear a helmet, keeping glasses on during a ride can sometimes be difficult. You can lose your glasses at high speeds, leaving them unprotected and almost blind.
Although I would not ride a motorcycle with out a helmet, it is not required by every state. A helmet can make it easier to ride without glasses, but they can easily be smashed off at high speed.
There are several ways to ensure that your eye gear stays on your head if you don’t want to wear a helmet.
First, make sure they’re not too loose in the first place. The likelihood of glasses falling off is higher with loose glasses. Adjust as necessary. I know Walmart vision centers are able to easily adjust glasses for people very quickly whether they’re made of plastic, metal, or any other material.
Even though they are not fashionable, glasses straps can be extremely useful when riding a motorcycle. There are some available that wrap around your head snugly (they’re called glasses retainers), so the chance of your glasses falling off during a ride are much more slim.
Now let’s cover if you need to wear glasses while wearing a helmet. It can be a bit awkward wearing a helmet and glasses at the same time, but it’s completely possible to do so if you do it the right way.
Take your glasses off before you place the helmet on your head. After adjusting the helmet to fit comfortably, take your glasses off and slide them in between your helmet and your head. Unless you have large or very wide glasses, a helmet that fits well should allow you to wear your glasses comfortably.
You might consider changing one of your glasses or helmet if you find it uncomfortable to wear both. Your helmet may be too tight and it’s probably in your best interest to get a better fitting helmet that’ll suit your glasses. You can also find many motorcycle helmets that are specifically designed for people who have glasses. If you’re going to ride and wear glasses, this is an investment I recommend if your current combo is uncomfortable.
You always have the option to get smaller glasses. This should be an easy adjustment if you’re simply wearing non-prescription sunglasses since they’re much less expensive than prescription.
There are some things you should know when riding with glasses
While riding a motorcycle with glasses on is completely possible, there are a few precautions that you should be aware of if you’re going to do this. If you’ve been wearing glasses for a while, you probably know some of the set-backs they give.
Avoid wearing glasses with thick hinges and temples (the pieces that are attached to your ears) They can be helpful in other situations, however, as they block out light. But they can also block peripheral vision, so you should always have them with you when riding.
They can also get dirt or fogging on glasses. This is especially dangerous while riding a motorcycle because you can’t simply remove the glasses if they’re prescription; you need them to see. That’s why it’s always advisable to wear a full face helmet that has a visor so you don’t have a chance of your lenses getting anything on them.
It can happen regardless of what type or brand of helmet you are wearing. You can find many products that will act as anti-fog. Apply some anti-fog on your glasses (that can be found at pretty much any large store), an you won’t have to worry about a surprise temperature change riding down the road that could manifest itself by fogging up those spectacles.
And let’s not forget their susceptibility to becoming crooked or plainly slipping off. But if you take the right measures to securely fasten your lenses to your head (as demonstrated in the section above), you shouldn’t have to worry about this happening. Make sure to always check that they’re nice and snug before heading out on your ride.
What to do if your vision is impaired
Sometimes there’s no way around it. It happens when your glasses get lost or your nose starts to sweat. This doesn’t happen often to those who properly prepare themselves, but in the case it does it’s good to know how to handle a situation like that.
If you’re out for a ride and your prescription glasses somehow fall off or your sunglasses fall off and the sun is just too bright to see, you’re considered temporarily visually impaired.
If this happens while you’re out riding, immediately let off the throttle, but don’t slam on your brakes. You can adjust your glasses by using only one hand, if this is possible. This can sometimes be difficult if you’re wearing a full face helmet and gloves at the same time.
If there’s no chance of you being able to fix it with one free hand, you’ll need to attempt to pull over if possible. Pulling over is much safer than continuing with your ride down a road that you can’t even see. Turn on your hazard lighting and pull over to one side. When you feel that you have stopped in a safe place, you can put your feet down. Adjust your glasses if necessary.
Alternatives to Glasses
Perhaps you are considering alternatives to wearing glasses while riding your bike. There are several options available that may be able to meet your needs.
I could mention using contacts, but that’s a pretty obvious suggestion and likely something you’ve already considered. My next recommendation would be to get prescription goggles.
If you have a prescription, you can get a pair of riding glasses that are made specifically for you. They can be worn when you begin your ride, and then removed when you return home. These glasses come in clear and tinted options. These can be bought at any retailer that sells regular prescription glasses. Talk to your eye doctor about all your options.
If wearing prescription lenses isn’t your thing and you only need blockage from the sun, you have the option of purchasing a motorcycle helmet with interchangeable visors. If you don’t have one already, A lot of full-face helmets have the option to change the visor to a clear or tinted one. This works as well, if not better than sunglasses.
Is it ok to leave your motorcycle out in the sun? You are allowed to leave your motorcycle in the sun for short periods of time. The UV rays of the sun can cause damage to cosmetics and fuel if your bike is left out in the sun for a long time. You can read my other article for more details.