Vision is the most important source of information when driving.
But how safe are you? Here are our top tips for driving, as recommended by optometrists:
- Always carry a spare pair of glasses or lenses with you, especially on long journeys or when driving abroad
- Some glasses styles are better for driving than others - for example, thin rims and high sides improve all round vision
- Plastic or polycarbonate lenses are less likely than glass to shatter in an accident
- If you wear bifocals or varifocals, you should ask your optician to recommend the most suitable lens design for driving
- Polarising lenses reduce glare, making them ideal for driving during bright daylight hours
- You should keep your windscreen clean and your windscreen wipers in good order.
Vision at night
If you think you may have a problem with your vision while driving at night, ask your optician for advice. The following tips, as recommended by optometrists, will also be useful:
- If you wear glasses, make sure your lenses are clean before you begin your journey
- Don't wear sunglasses or polarising lenses in low visibility or at night
- An anti-reflection coating will reduce headlight reflections and give you clearer vision in poor light conditions
- Never wear yellow tinted glasses at night - they darken shadows and can make it difficult to see cyclists and pedestrians
- Make sure your headlights are clean, at full strength and adjusted so they don't cause glare to other road users.