OCT 11

Best Type of Sunglasses for Driving

Some activities just cry out for the use of sunglasses, and driving is certainly one of them. Dealing with the hazards of the road is bad enough; drivers can’t let sun glare prevent them from seeing where they’re going. That’s why a majority of drivers wear sunglasses in one form or another while behind the wheel during daylight hours.

But which form is best? Let’s examine the options, starting with a popular selection that likely isn’t the best choice while driving.

Excellent Sunglasses for Driving

Transition Lenses

Transition, or photochromic, lenses automatically adjust to UV light, darkening when out in the sun and returning to a clear state indoors. This makes them a convenient choice in almost any situation. But automobile windshields are designed to screen out UV rays, thereby blocking the light that changes transitions. Unless you wear a pair of clip-on sunglasses over your photochromic lenses while in the car, transitions are not the ideal choice for driving.

Polarized Lenses

Sunglasses with polarization are a far better choice for driving than transitions. A polarized coating contains molecules that allow vertical light rays to pass while absorbing horizontal ones. The effect of this is the elimination of glare and an increase in contrast – two very useful functions when you’re out on the road. Add the proper tint and you’ve got great set of sunglasses…albeit one that always retains the same shade, and therefore might not work well in some lighting situations.

Tinted/Colored or Mirrored Lenses

Lenses that are tinted, colored, or covered with a mirrored finish are fine choices for driving. They all block out the sun’s rays to one extent or another. The color you choose has a lot to do with the type of driving in which you’ll engage. Brown and gray tints are great for bright, sunny weather. Yellows, ambers, reds, and oranges are better for low-light conditions, such as those encountered during dawn, dusk, or on cloudy days. The drawback to this is that no one lens color does it all.

Drivewear Lenses

As the name implies, these lenses are custom designed for driving and offer the perfect blend of desirable options for when you are behind the wheel. Drivewear incorporates unique photochromic dyes that respond to both UV andvisible light technology. Drivewear also utilizes the NuPolar polarization process for optimum glare protection. When it combined these two technologies, Drivewear became the first polarized photochromic lens to darken behind the windshield of an automobile, and the result is a pair of sunglasses that blocks glare and always reaches the ideal tint level for any given light condition. Check them out at Rx-Safety.

A little bit of homework and perhaps some trial-and-error will produce your perfect pair of driving sunglasses. Once you find them you’ll have managed the myriad problems the sun causes on the road. Drive safely and enjoy!

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