Friday, June 08, 2007

Full body visor anyone?

Today before I turn onto my street at a three-way stop-sign, I do the requisite quick check into the car on my left to ensure that they have indeed stopped. I usually have a tiny moment of eye contact with the other driver, for a final confirmation that is is OK to proceed. But today as I peered into the windshield, I saw NOTHING. So I'm thinking, "Wow, that driver is really short; I can't even see the top of his/her head at the steering wheel". And as I continue my left turn, I finally get a look inside and this is what I see:

Holy aliens Batman! No wonder I couldn't see the driver, she (and I'm pretty sure it was a female) was hunched down with the visor pulled down past her chin over her neck. Frankly, I think it's a bit of a safety hazard.

I've seen these visors around for a few years now. I think they're quite popular in Asia, and we do have a fairly large Chinese community in my neighbourhood. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that 1 in every 3 cars I pass by has an Oriental driver (me being one of them!).

I can understand wearing them in the full sun, out on the street, at the park. Maybe. And perhaps if you just don't want people to look at your face, and honestly I've had days like that too. I would be more curious to see who is under that thing, so it wouldn't really be a deterrent for me. And how about the top of your head? There's skin there too. So sorry, besides being plain ugly, it looks a little stupid. Especially when you're in your car.

They've got them for kids now, and of course it is a concern for everyone, especially children, the strength of the sun and increase of cancers etc. And I suppose that some people have an aversion to wearing chemicals, creams, sunscreens. But I think it's important to be exposed to some sun, as long as it's in moderation. We really do need our Vitamin D. We're just a family of Sunscreen Slatherers. I hear SPF 50 is the new 30; sounds good to me.

So, I don't think I'll be getting such a visor anytime soon. But maybe if they invent one for the beach if I've strayed from my workout - now a full body visor may be in order then!


Chrissy121875 said...

LOL! Karen, you're hilarious! BTW, my parents used to live in a part of Scarborough called Agincourt. There were so many Chinese people who lived there that it soon became known as "Asian Court" ;)

Karen MEG said...

Yeah Chrissy, I grew up in Asian Court. Now we live in "rich man hill"

Curiosity.Killer said...

Hee hee hee... this is too funny. I can only see it as a fashion item in a couple of years. We can get our own Prada visers. Too funny.

On a serious note though, isn't that too distracting? That would be a hazard in itself when the other drivers get into shock from NOT being able to see the visered driver?

P.S. I used to live in Rich man Hill too. I get the lingo. LOL

Dina said...

i have seen those too and i find that when people wear them they cannot possibly see the road like they should! They are definitely a distraction to other drivers and it looks like they would obscure perifial (SP??) vision too. I vote for banning them while driving.

PinksandBluesGirls said...

That is just crazy! How can you even see with one of those things on!?

Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen,
I was waiting at light for my turn to zoom, when a woman (I think)pulled into the left turn lane. She was wearing a visor. It startled me so much I almost fell off my bike! Kind of freaky when you can't see someone's eyes like that. I hope it's just a passing fad .....


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