Visual clarity is a hugely important element when it comes to driving safely; if you don’t have an optimal view of the road in front of you, then you’re putting the your own safety at risk, as well as the safety of your passengers and of other road users. As a result, tens of thousands of people every year are investing in specialised driving glasses and sunglasses. But what are the benefits of these frames and lenses? Exactly how do they improve visual clarity?
When you’re driving in the sun, it goes without saying that glare is an irritating and potentially dangerous element of driving, particularly if the sun is right in front of you. In this situation, many people will simply opt to wear traditional, non-specialised sunglasses, as this reduces glare and improves vision. The problem with this however is the danger presented by changeable weather (which is a pertinent consideration in the United Kingdom); if the sun passes behind a cloud, or the light levels drop dramatically, you find yourself with greatly reduced vision – an obvious hazard when you’re driving. Specialised driving glasses feature polarised photochromic lenses, which adapt to changing light levels. This means your eyewear is constantly adapting to the light, ensuring constant visual clarity and optical performance. The polarised lenses also provide 100% UV protection, giving you the same level of coverage gained from traditional sunglasses.
As well as reacting to the amount of light, driving glasses will drastically reduce glare, which can be as much an issue in the winter months as it can in the summer. Glare from buildings, white road markings and wet roads can be hugely hazardous to drivers, especially when travelling at speed. Specialised driving glasses remove this threat, allowing you to concentrate on driving without the worry of being temporarily blinded.
Most modern driving glasses and sunglasses also feature a ‘wrapped’ design, which curves around the head. This not only offers a stylish design feature, but maximises peripheral vision and protection. This is a clear benefit when driving, as the higher your clarity of vision at any angle the safer you’re likely to be on the road.
Guest post by John from Direct Sight. We provide high quality designer and non-designer eyewear, including both prescription and non-prescription glasses and sunglasses.