Driving in winter conditions can be extremely treacherous.
Ice, hail, rain, sleet, snow, and high winds all pose a threat to drivers.
These conditions make the roads super slick. Even with the best tires, slippery roads can surprise even the best drivers
Plus, for some reason, it seems like people driver worse when the weather is bad. Some people don’t know how to drive in winter weather, and others simply aren’t as cautious as they should be.
Add to this the low visibility while it’s raining or snowing, and it’s no wonder so many multi-vehicle collisions happen in the wintertime.
Thankfully, there’s something you can do to protect yourself and others on the road: wear proper eye glasses.
The Best Eyeglasses for Winter Weather Driving Conditions
When looking for the best glasses for driving, consider the following factors.
1. Wear Sunglasses Every Day
Sunglasses are incredibly important during the winter months.
It’s easy to understand why you should wear sunglasses during the summertime – the sun is shining in all of its glory.
But during the wintertime it can be easy to forget to put your dark glasses on because of the often overcast conditions.
Whether the sun is shining bright without a cloud in the sky or it’s hiding shyly behind a thick group of clouds – it can damage your eyes and make it difficult to see while driving.
Of course, if it’s excessively dark, sunglasses can make seeing to drive even harder, so some discretion is needed.
It’s always a safe bet to keep a pair of sunglass in your car. You never know when the sun will break through on a cloudy day and make it hard to see anything but its bright rays.
2. Glasses with Anti-Reflective Coating
You’re driving along and it’s raining cats and dogs. Suddenly, you’re blinded by the bright lights from a vehicle in the oncoming lane.
The reason you’re blinded – besides the fact that so many people shine their brights and forget to turn them on when they pass other cars – is because of your eyeglasses.
A lot of eyeglasses, and even contact lenses, don’t have an anti-reflective coating on them. That means that when sunlight or the lights from oncoming traffic hits your lenses, it basically blinds you until you shield your eyes.
Even if you’re not blinded by the light, it can create reflections on your glasses that are distracting and that can play with your vision. You might swerve because you think you see something in the road, when it was simply a reflection on your lenses.
Thankfully, more eyeglass companies are adding anti-reflective coating to their lenses. These lenses significantly reduce the amount of reflections you see, making your vision clearer and your driving safer.
3. Add Polarizing Filters to Your Lenses
When you’re driving around during the day, the sun can play with your eyes just like bright lights can in dark, rainy conditions.
The light can be reflected on your lenses and cause a glare, which can make it difficult to see what’s right in front of you.
With polarizing filters, though, you reduce those reflections caused by sunlight, snow, or wet conditions.
You can even go a step further and add a special tint filter to your classes that improves the contrast and makes your vision even clearer.
Stay Safe This Winter with Proper Cold Weather Eyewear
When you get onto the road this winter, what will you do to ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers, and the other drivers on the road?
As responsible members of society, we all have the responsibility for driving as safely as possible.
Granted, there will be times when circumstances are beyond your control and that of the other drivers on the road.
However, for the most part, there are some things that all drivers can do to promote safe driving.
In addition to following safe driving practices – especially in winter weather conditions – it’s imperative to wear the proper glasses.
Specially made lenses, including sunglass lenses, will help keep you and everyone else on the road safe. So, the next time you get into your car, make sure to put on your special winter driving glasses. Doing so will ensure a fun and safe driving experience.