We all know about the importance of safety when driving, but for us glasses wearers, keeping our eyes focused on the road can be a little tricky at times. Glasses are brilliant for helping us to see better, but if you don’t wear the right pair, it can make driving a challenge.
It’s a legal requirement for all drivers to meet a certain standard of vision, but did you know that this rule applies to your glasses too? In fact, the UK vision regulations state that you must be able to read, from twenty metres away, a car number plate registered after 1st September 2001.
But it’s not just cars that your eyes need to look out for. When you’re behind the wheel they’re constantly focusing on all sorts of different things, from road signs and pedestrians to the odd sheep or two! Even the weather can play a part in hindering your vision.
That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you have a pair of glasses for driving that you can use day in, day out. There are a number of different types of lenses that can aid your vision depending on what you need.
We’ve put together a handy guide below on how to find the best glasses for driving.
The best glasses for driving
Everyone’s vision is different. Just like how you’d choose a pair of glasses that suit your face shape, you also need to find a lens that suits your eyesight – especially when it comes to driving!
Whether you’re long-sighted, short-sighted or both, it’s important that your driving glasses have the right lens prescription to improve your vision and keep everyone safe.
Benefits of anti-glare glasses
As glasses wearers, we all know how annoying it can be to drive in bright, sunny weather. The glare of the sun can end up temporarily blinding you right when you’re in the middle of concentrating on the road. What’s even more frustrating is that glare can come from all sorts of different sources. From low lying sunlight in the winter to the reflection of light on wet roads, to blinding reflections off windows and even from random objects inside your car!
Luckily for us, there are plenty of options when it comes to glasses for driving in sunlight. These types of glasses are fitted with an anti-glare coating on the lenses, making them ideal for driving. Not only do anti-glare glasses protect your vision from bright lights, but they also allow you to anticipate changes and hazards on the road.
And don’t worry if your current pair of glasses don’t come with this type of lens fitted in the frames. You can simply swap the lenses out and get them re-glazed with anti-glare ones.
Do I need glasses for driving at night?
Driving in the dark is always going to make it harder to see. If you wear glasses during the day then it’s pretty likely that you’ll need glasses for driving at night. Glare doesn’t just come from sunlight; the bright light from car headlights or street lights can have an impact on your vision too.
The best way to make sure you can see and reduce glare at night is by wearing anti-glare glasses, and not tinted ones. Tinted lenses, found in sunglasses, for example, can actually make it even harder to see!
What about sunglasses?
It’s very rare that the sun comes out in the UK but when it does, most of us can’t wait to put on a pair of stylish sunglasses and get outside. Not only do sunglasses look great, but they’re already designed to provide protection from the sun.
Driving in a pair of prescription sunglasses can help improve your vision when behind the wheel. When fitted with polarised lenses, sunglasses can eliminate glare and block 100% of UV rays, making them perfect for driving in. All of our sunglasses can be fitted with polarised lenses – just select the polarised lens upgrade option!
Do you need glasses for driving?
If you need a pair of driving glasses, or you’ve been told you need to wear them by an optician, then why not take a look at our wide variety of styles on offer? Anti-glare lenses come as standard with all Arlo Wolf frames, and you can even try our glasses before you buy them!
If you have any further questions about the best glasses for driving, get in touch with our team who would be happy to talk you through your options.