Night Time Driving
Driving at night throws up a lot more problems than when driving in the daylight. It's easy in the daylight to switch onto autopilot and bumble your way to your destination. On the other hand, night time driving offers more hazards to contend with and more reliance on your vision.
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What is the problem?
Now the nights are drawing in, it seems we drive in constant darkness. Millions of drivers around the world complain about night time driving. They either find it more difficult to drive in, have worries about it or just prefer not to drive in the dark. And some of these worries are understandable. Dr. Best (Doctor of Optometry) said 'Driving at night is one of the most visually demanding tasks we will encounter.'. But increasing your vision for night time driving could be as easy as eating your carrots (non of the following tips include eating carrots). The common effects of glare, light reflections and difficulty focusing on the road after looking at your dashboard can be eradicate. Therefore making you feel more comfortable and confident whilst driving.
Our 5 Tips
1. Keep Your Eyes Moving
Don't just stare at one spot on the road when you're driving. Keep your eyes moving around your field of view to keep them focused. From staring, the eye can become dry and eye fatigue can set in. When the eye starts getting tired. concentration levels drop in turn. This is dangerous for obvious reasons whilst driving.
2. Don't stare into the headlights
When on coming traffic drives past, it is easy to become a 'rabbit in the headlights' and stare into the light. But this glare will affect your vision while looking into the light and shortly after. The light makes the pupil contract. This contraction focuses the light to the back of the eye like a laser (this is why vision in daylight is clearer), so when the car has passed, the pupil is still small. The eye then isn't taking in as much light as it needs to, then the adjustment makes the vision blurry or unfocused. This creates risks as there may be a hazard in front that could be avoidable. To minimize this, look to the curb on the passenger side and maintain a steady speed. Looking at the curb will direct your eyes away from the intense direct light whilst seeing the curve of the road to maintain a good road position. Keeping a steady speed is to minimize the risk of causing an accident to those following behind.
3. Keep your windscreen clean and clear
A dirty windscreen may aid the production of glare. The light will glare on the smear marks of a dirty windscreen and negatively impact viability. Not only is it the outside of the windscreen that needs to be kept clean but also the inside too.
4. Dim your Dashboard
In many cars the dashboard has a multitude of lights and instruments that use an LED light within it's display. Automatically most dim when the headlights are turned on, but this can be overwritten or changed to preference. When this is done it can create focus issues for the driver. Brighter may look better and be easier to see, but when looking back onto the road the eyes may take a while to adjust. This is due to the eye adjusting to different light intensity like previously mentioned.
5. Drivesafe Lenses for Glasses Wearers
As technology has enhanced our driving experience it has also hindered other road users experience. LED and Xenon headlights on cars have improved the distance, power and clarity that a driver can see in the dark. But it has also created a glare/dazzling effect to those who drive into the light. Glasses wearers will usually get the phenomenon of the perceived glare from all kinds of light, like LED, Xenon. This isn't just restricted to the LED lights of cars but also traffic lights and street lamps too. This can be distracting and create a short period of refocusing to see normally again. Drivesafe lenses help to stop this. Scientific research has discovered the main cause is from blue visible light waves, so the lens block these waves. In doing so this reduces the glare produced from such light.
Therefore the vision is better and the there are less times where the eye is refocusing. This should instill more confidence into the driver due to being able to assess the road. This will also reduce eye fatigue allowing the wearer to concentrate for longer.
These lenses also help the wearer in low-light conditions because of the Luminance Design® technology within the lens. It takes into account the size of the pupil in different lighting conditions to relax the eye and provide better vision in poor light.