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Tips for seeing clearly while driving at night

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Driving at night can be a difficult task for many drivers. Particularly for those with poor eyesight. The glare of headlights and reduced visibility means it is a much more dangerous time to be in control of a moving vehicle. Every driver should be taking any precaution necessary to ensure they are driving safely in all conditions. At night this is particularly important since you may be less likely to notice hazards, other drivers, and pedestrians. Here are some top tips which could help contribute to improving your visibility while driving at night.

Avoid looking directly into the glare of headlights

The dazzling glare of oncoming headlights can impact your visibility, making driving even more difficult. When oncoming traffic is approaching you, the best thing you can do to avoid this harsh light is to keep your eyes focused on the road in front of you, keeping your gaze at the road markings or into the distance. Try your best to avoid looking directly into the oncoming headlights. This is useful for drivers of any age, but an important tip to follow as you age since your eyes find it harder to adjust between bright and dim light.

Keep your windows and mirrors clear

No matter what time of day you are driving, you should be keeping your windows and mirrors clear at all times. At night, in particular, this could make a big difference for your visibility. At night a dirty windscreen is more likely to cause glare, which will reduce your visibility even more. You should be checking you have plenty of wiper fluid to keep your windscreen clean and clear at all times.

You should also be checking the bulbs in your headlights to guarantee they are still providing enough light to keep the road well lit in front of you.

With minimised visibility, you will likely squint to focus which can cause eye strain and subsequently headaches and sore eyes.

Avoid using lit devices within the vehicle ​​​​​​​

Bright lights are distracting at the best of times but when driving at night this becomes even more of a problem. Try to keep the amount of light from within the car to a minimum. If this means restricting your passenger’s mobile device usage, so you can concentrate, do so. 

Schedule your routine eye examination ​​​​​​​

Most importantly, above all else, you should be booking a routine eye examination to ensure your eyes are healthy and your eyesight is good. If you notice your eyesight is deteriorating, making driving at night very difficult, you should speak with your optician. They may need to adjust your prescription.  

 

Ask your optician about Crizal Drive lenses – Optimised for Driving

For those who already wear glasses while driving, have you considered a lens coating? Essilor’s Crizal Drive is a lens coating that will reduce reflections on the road and glare while driving. This lens coating is ideal for those who struggle with night driving and want to feel both safe and confident behind the wheel. Offering additional benefits of being scratch resistant, water repellent, and providing UV protection, Crizal Drive is the perfect solution for enhanced clarity while driving. Speak with your local Essilor optician today for more information about our popular lens coatings.

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