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Driving safely at night with Essilor lenses

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Being able to see clearly when driving is probably the number 1 priority if you’re out on the road. This can become a bigger concern if you drive often at night, when low lighting can result in poor vision.

One of the biggest hindrances when driving at night can be reflections and glare from the likes of streetlights, headlights and even traffic lights. 85% of people experience glare while driving(1), this can make it very difficult to see clearly especially in poor weather conditions.

Not only is this inconvenient and distracting, but it can result in a dangerous experience for both yourself and other drivers. It might even leave your confidence wavering.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents revealed 2017 statistics that showed 40% of road collisions happen at night even though 31% of people avoid driving at night.(2) This is likely because of reduced vision, which can also result in difficulty judging speed and distance of other cars.

Driving at night can create glare and uncomfortable experiences

There are added vision problems if you are driving as daytime turns into night, as your eyes must work harder to adjust to the changing light conditions. At Essilor, we have a range of vision solutions to make sure you feel safe and confident every time you get in the car.

Enhancing your vision at night

The most important thing about driving at night is making sure you’re wearing corrective lenses, if you need them. If you are caught without your lenses, you may risk a fine, points on your license or even worse. Whether you need single vision lenses or varifocal lenses, ensure you’re wearing them whenever you get behind the wheel; even if you’re only going down the road. Your lenses can be crucial in helping you to spot hazards more clearly and having better reaction times.

You can also take steps to improve your lens performance for things like glare, which can make it more comfortable to drive at night. Lens enhancements have been specifically designed to provide clarity of vision, whether that’s through scratch-resistant properties or glare reduction.

Crizal Drive can be beneficial for reducing the number of reflections as you drive at night. Whether you are distracted by street lamps, traffic lights or headlights from other cars, Crizal Drive lens coating can help you to feel safer and more confident when driving at night as well as throughout the day.

Crizal Drive can reduce reflections by up to 90% when compared with a lens that has no anti-reflective coating, resulting in a much clearer image.

If you’re looking for a way to get your confidence back when driving in the dark, Essilor have the perfect solution.

Technology available for driving lenses

Being prepared for the change in daylight to dusk is important when driving if you wear prescription lenses. Consider photochromic technology that activates behind the windscreen for the times you are driving in the evening sun through to night time.

Lenses for night driving can give you back your confidence

Transitions XTRActive technology activates by visible light from the sun reducing glare during the evening and being clear at night for optimal vision performance.


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(1) Social Media Listening on Crizal® and Coatings, Medimix, 2015

(2) The Eyecare Trust, populus surveyed 1,056 adults to reflect the UK population

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