Driving at night can be a stressful experience, with accidents much more likely to occur in low lighting, often due to poor visibility outside your vehicle. With that in mind, here are five simple ways you can ensure you're seeing as clearly as possible when driving at night.
1. Clean Your Windshield & Glasses
Even small smudges of dirt or grit on your glasses and car windshield can disperse incoming light, causing halos, glare, double images and reflections that can dramatically impact your vision. Be sure to properly clean your glasses and windshield before hitting the road at night.
2. Wear the Right Lenses
If you wear prescription glasses, you should avoid tinted lenses and sunglasses while driving at night. For added clarity, try lenses with an anti-reflective coating that's specifically designed to reduce glare from objects such as the road and oncoming headlights.
3. Turn Off or Dim Interior Lighting
Ambient light inside a vehicle can make it more difficult for your eyes to adjust to low lighting conditions outside your vehicle. Turn off any bright interior lights or hit the dimmer switch on your dashboard so that you're able to focus on the road more effectively.
4. Avoid Texting and Talking On Your Phone
Each year in Canada there are numerous accidents caused on the road by distracted drivers (both during the day and at night). Not only is texting and talking on a phone while driving against the law, but the glow from your mobile device is both distracting and likely to negatively impact your night vision. If you absolutely have to talk on your phone, try a Bluetooth or hands-free device instead so you can stay focused on the road.
5. Get an Eye Exam
There are numerous eye conditions that could affect your vision while driving at night. One of the most common is known as night myopia, which results in blurred vision in low lighting and can even affect people who don't normally have vision issues. Be sure to get a complete eye exam with your optometrist so you can ensure your eyes are functioning properly both in the day and at night.
To get a comprehensive eye exam that can detect potential vision issues that might affect your night driving, visit an FYidoctors near you.