I have been using a motorcycle in Karachi for 20 years. I would like to share some of my experiences with readers regarding the different types of helmets.
The commonly available full-face helmets are intended for off-road or motocross use, whereas the open-face street helmets are best for our roads and environment.
The disadvantage of a full-face helmet is the low visibility on the side which is very important while changing lanes. The rear-view mirror may not give a proper judgment.
Suffocation is another disadvantage particularly in our polluted environment. Security is also an issue since one cannot see the face which is an advantage for criminals
Open-face helmets address all of the above-mentioned problems and are the most appropriate for our environment.
Published in Dawn, June 13th, 2015
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