I have a friend who T-boned a car that drove out in front of him and he now has massive facial scars because he was wearing an open-face helmet.
Even so, I still feel more secure riding in traffic with an open-face helmet because there are fewer blind spots and I am more aware of noise and movement around me.
Technology is coming to the aid of riders with full-face helmets that include cameras, mirrors, head-up displays and SOS beacons.
There are many “smart helmets” with integrated technology such as head-up display units in the offing, but they are slow to come to market.
This hi-tech full-face Guardian helmet by FUSAR Technologies even has black-box recording technologies so you can prove fault in a crash.
While I welcome the improved safety of helmets, my concern is that governments or insurance companies could step in and force our choices.
In some American states, you can choose to not wear a helmet, but you must be 21 or over and have more than $10,000 medical insurance. It wouldn’t take much for the nanny state to enforce similar rules for wearers of open-face helmets.
Do you wear an open-face or full-face helmet and why? Leave your comments below.