Clear Vision Can Prevent Accidents

There are many reasons why driving is necessary in our everyday lives; getting to work, dropping the kids off at school, going to the shops or just for pleasure, but what people forget about is the common problems that occur whilst driving which can be easily managed. When driving there are many hazards around us – some natural, such as strong sunlight and glare, others out of our control such as pedestrians crossing the road and others which can be seen as our own faults.

There are several ways to help driving and prevent hazards causing accidents:

  • Have regular eye exams: A regular eye examination can tell whether your vision meets the driving standards and if it doesn’t can help you find a solution either through corrective lenses or contact lenses. Not only this but an optician can check how healthy your eyes are and check for other health related problems which could arise.
  • Choose lenses with an anti-reflective coating: An anti-reflective coating will help to reduce glare from the sun off other surfaces. Some anti –reflective coatings also help to reduce glare from headlights making night-time driving more comfortable.
  • Wear tinted or photochromic lenses in bright conditions: Tinted and photochromic lenses will help you see better during a sunny day allowing you to identify hazards quickly and react efficiently.
  • Test your eyes before driving: Stand 20 metres away from a car and see if you can read the number plate, if you can’t it means that you should not be driving.
  • Driving at night can be a daunting task for new or even experienced drivers. Collision rates are higher between 18:00-06:00. The danger arises from the fact that vision is limited and glare from headlights of other vehicles can temporarily blind you.

There are several ways to help night time driving:

  • Clean your windscreen, windows, back window and mirrors. Removing streaks, grease and smudges which can scatter light will help reduce contrast of objects and make the road more visible
  • Wearing lenses with anti-reflective coating specifically designed for drivers to help reduce glare. If you wear glasses for driving you should get a coating which prevents smudges, scratches, dust and water which can create glare during night time driving.
  • Have regular eye exams: Having a regular eye exam can help identify eye related problems which could impair your vision at night time.
  • Do not wear tinted lenses: If you have tinted lenses/sunglasses it is against the law to wear them at night time whilst driving a vehicle.