In the winter the days are much shorter and the sun is noticeably lower in the sky. Although it is nice to have a little sun in the winter, it can be frustrating when it is beaming in your eyes whilst you are trying to drive. Glare is frequently cited as a cause for road traffic accidents, with the low sun distracting drivers and reflecting off snow, cars in front and even the driver’s own bonnet.
Road safety guidelines will tell you to keep your windscreen clean and make sure your sun visors work, but it also a good idea to have a pair of sunglasses handy. Choosing the right pair of sunglasses for driving is essential, as not any old pair will do! You must ensure that your vision is clear and that you have enough light to see at all times.
The sunglasses sold in an average high street store are generally too dark for driving. There are many different types of sunglasses to choose from so it is important to know which will reduce glare and which will put you at a disadvantage. Polarized lenses have a special filter that blocks out intense reflected sunlight, reducing glare and making it easier to see when driving. Lenses with a gradient tint are also good for driving as the top of the lens is darker, blocking the sun, with the bottom of the lens slightly lighter, making it easy to see the car controls.
When it comes to driving variable tint glasses are a big no! These glasses change colour depending on the amount of UV light hitting them. Your car windscreen will already filter out UV light so you could end up making your glasses far too dark or light, causing discomfort and poor visibility.
Here at Sunglasses Save we have plenty of sunglasses suitable for wearing whilst you drive. Stay safe this winter by popping on a pair of shades!