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Night-Time Driving and Glare

Night driving glare can affect your safety on the road

With the evenings now drawing in and days gradually becoming shorter, many more commutes will now be taking place under night time conditions, and during the winter months, driving home in the dark will become standard for commuters. One of the top issues associated with night time driving is glare.

Disability glare is caused by bright light sources and reduces visual acuity. Many people will suffer from headaches and eye strain due to glare. Fortunately there are several ways that glare can be reduced so you can drive comfortably and safely:

  • Anti-glare spectacles: Do you wear prescription glasses and drive regularly at night-time? If so you could benefit from coatings applied to your lenses that reduce reflections that cause glare. These can be particularly troublesome when driving due to bright headlights from oncoming cars, reflections from mirrors, and street lamps. Other problematic symptoms of glare can be ‘halo’ effects around bright sources of light, and ‘ghost images’ caused by reflections off the front and back surfaces of your lenses.
  • Thinner & lighter lenses: Do you have a particularly high prescription? Reflection-free coatings may benefit you even more. High index materials which make your lenses thinner, lighter, and flatter tend to reflect more light which can affect driving. The Solitaire® Protect Road finish on your lens is the perfect option for reducing the annoying reflections on the road surfaces as well as the dazzling headlight effects.
  • Lens design: The Road lens from Rodenstock offers unparalleled vision for motorists thanks to its optimal spatial vision for judging distances, and the minimising of disturbing light reflections which can impede safe and comfortable driving. It is available as a varifocal and single vision option.
  • Keep the exterior of your car clean: Maintaining cleanliness of all mirrors, windows and the windscreen of your car is nonetheless important in keeping glare to a minimum. Smudges, dirt, and other particles can have a detrimental effect on not only visibility but also the contrast of objects on the road, making it a lot more difficult to view everything clearly.
  • Clean your spectacle lenses before driving: It may sound obvious, but it can make a big difference to your clarity of vision when driving at night when lighting is already much reduced. For best results, clean your lenses with your cleaning spray from your optician using a clean cloth, to remove all dust, dirt, and smudges that can interfere with vision when driving, as well as in general.
  • Regular eye examinations: For most people, it is recommended to have an eye test every two years, with certain groups including those over 70, those with diabetes, and over 40 with a family history of glaucoma advised to have an examination annually. Whichever your circumstances, attending as often as advised for your sight test will ensure you have the most up to date prescription and are driving comfortably and safely.  Driving with corrective spectacle or contact lenses that are not at the right power for you poses safety risks.
  • Turn off interior car lights: This is a necessity before beginning your car journey. Having the lights on in the car can make all your surrounding conditions seem extra bright and hence make everything else more difficult to see when driving. Making sure it is off will improve clarity and contrast.

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