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Night Driving – it’s driving me up the wall!

Night driving is something that many drivers dread and the older we get the more problematic it becomes. In fact, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents found that 40% of collisions occur after dark.

But why is it so difficult? Well, as we get older our ability to see clearly in low light conditions reduces. For example, aged 50 we could need double the amount of light as we did aged 30 in order to see clearly at night.

Is there anything we can do to help?

There are several things that can be done to help improve your vision for night driving.

Night Driving


1. Regular Eye Examinations

Low light conditions at night cause the pupil to become much larger, emphasising any focusing errors and causing blurred vision. This is why it is important to wear a pair of spectacles or contact lenses with an up-to-date prescription.

Regular check ups are particularly important for older drivers and those at more risk of cataract development which can contribute to issues with glare.

2. Antiglare Lenses

There are enough unwanted reflections from different light sources causing problems, without your glasses creating glare too!

Your basic antiglare coating works by allowing light rays to pass through the lens surfaces, rather than reflecting away and causing glare.

But it’s not just about surface reflections. Our Honeycomb lenses combine a hydrophobic antiglare coating with a patented mesh technology. This added layer is designed to focus all rays onto the retina and prevent light scatter.

For more information you can get in touch with us here.

3. Clean your Lenses

We’ve all been there. You’re rushing about on the last minute, you jump in the car, pull off and there’s a huge thumb print in the middle of your lens and you can’t see properly!

This can cause more problems at night as the grease and debris on the lens can cause glare and reduce your clarity of vision.

Remember to take the time to check your specs are clean before pulling off, trust me it’s worth it!

4. Wash the Car…?

“But you’re an Opticians, why are we talking about my car?”

I know, I know!

It may seem strange but a lot of the glare we experience at night isn’t caused by our glasses but by the windscreens and mirrors of our cars. Dirt, smudges and other particles both inside and outside can have a detrimental effect on your visibility as well as with contrast of objects on the road.

Whilst this isn’t necessarily a quick solve for night driving it is well worth it!

Remember, if you have any questions or just want some advice on night driving we’re always here to help, just get in touch with us here.