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10 November 2017 - Tim's top tips for driving at night

Driving Lenses

We don't know about you, but we're really feeling the shorter, darker days at Edmonds and Slatter.  Winter is coming!  

The clocks went back an hour on 29th October which means we’re enjoying lighter mornings but your drive home in the evening may still be in darkness.  There is a greater risk of road accidents at night, so drivers need to be even more vigilant. 

Luckily for us, Dispensing Optician Tim Cole has put together his five top tips for staying safe on the roads:

1.    Ensure that your lights and windscreen are clean.  Keep washer fluid topped up so you aren’t caught short, and a water bottle in the car can be handy to clean mirrors and lights.  If your windscreens or mirrors are icy, wait until they have defrosted before setting off.

2.    If an approaching car forgets to dip their headlights, focus on the left edge of the road ahead of you to reduce the dazzling effect of their lights.

3.    Make sure you have an up to date eye test and that your glasses or contact lenses are made up to your latest prescription.  This way you’ll have the best possible vision even in the darkness.

4.    Maintain a safe stopping distance within the area you can see.  This might mean travelling at a slower speed if you can’t see very far ahead of you, for example if it’s foggy or if your headlights are dipped.

5.    If you wear glasses to drive, consider a lens which is designed specifically for this purpose.  For example, Crizal Drive is a new anti-reflective coating which reduces reflections by up to 90% when driving at night compared to lenses with a standard hard coating.  

For varifocal wearers, the Varilux RoadPilot lens is designed to optimise the fields of vision needed for driving, such as the distance vision zone for the road ahead and intermediate vision zone for checking the dashboard and dials, as well as reducing glare with the Crizal Drive coating.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry.  If you have any concerns about your vision at night, try to avoid driving after dark until you’ve had chance to ask your optician for advice.

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