Driving during the winter comes with a number of challenges, but not being able to see shouldn’t be one of them. With the right eyewear, you can handle anything winter driving throws at you to ensure you reach your destinations safely.
During the winter, it gets darker much earlier, which means the sun is lower earlier as well. The sun is usually at its lowest point when most of us are driving home from work, which can be hard on your eyes and extremely hazardous. We recommend wearing polarized eyewear whenever you are driving around dusk during the winter. Polarized lenses effectively reduce the amount of UV light that can reach your eyes, which means you don’t have to squint or use obstructive sun visors to see the road in front of you. They also cut down on the glare that comes off of any stark white snow, which will ease the strain on your eyes during long drives.
Anti-Reflective & Anti-Glare
When the sun does go down, you’ll need to swap your polarized lenses for eyewear that’s better suited to driving in the dark winter nights. Unlike polarized lenses, lenses with anti-reflective and anti-glare coatings let more light in, but as the name suggests, they also cut down on the glare from streetlights and other vehicles’ headlights. During the winter, the roads are often wet or icy, which can increase the glare you experience when you’re driving, so anything that reduces that will help you avoid dangers on the road. These lens coatings are an excellent choice for people who suffer from myopia or astigmatism because those conditions are usually accompanied by night blindness. Night blindness doesn’t mean you can’t see, it means you have difficulty seeing in dim light, and glare from light sources only adds to the problem. If you suffer from night blindness or are sensitive to glare, you should invest in lenses with an anti-glare coating to keep yourself and others safe on the road.
Sunglasses and lens coatings can help you avoid the dangers of winter driving, but having the right prescription is the most important tip we can suggest. The best way to avoid the dangers of winter driving is to make sure you can see them coming, and that starts with having an accurate, up-to-date prescription!
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