Since 1980 the total number of vehicles on the roadways has increased 37%. For the average driver the total number of miles traveled has increased a whopping 80%. More worker fatalities are caused by vehicle crashes in the U.S. than any other incident category. And as we all know; our daily commute to and from work has grown too long. The math is simple: more time on the road equals an increased risk of a driving mishap.
According to the US Census Bureau 24.5 million people leave for work between midnight and 6:30 a.m. When it is dark outside, the eye’s pupils dilate (open wider) to let more visible light into the eye so you may see more proficiently. Unfortunately this dilation makes the driver’s vision adversely affected by the glare & halos from headlights. The driver’s depth of field focusing is also disrupted.
Solutions: An essential part of designing prescription eyeglasses is adding an anti-reflective coating. With an anti-reflective coating on your prescription lenses your eyes recover a full 5 seconds faster from headlight glare. That means your improved reaction time can help you stop your vehicle 20+ feet sooner.
With the switch back to standard time means many will be driving to and from work with the sun low in the horizon. For example here in Chicago in June the sun is as high as 70 degrees. In December the sun doesn't get any higher than 30 degrees. Glare is an issue from the sun.
Solutions: To minimize the effects of glare while driving: don't use high gloss cleaners on the dashboard for it will reflect the sun's glare upward into your eyes. Keep the windshield clean inside and outside. Wear sunglasses with a level three tint (Transitions don't darken inside the car). With the correct lenses for sun protection you eliminate squinting and improve your focusing. Sunglasses will reduce troublesome reflections off pavement no matter the road conditions: hot & dry, wet from rain, or snow covered(see our lens tint guide on our practice safe specs page).
As you drive; every 2 miles the average driver is engaged in 400 visual observations and up to 40 decisions
Solutions: keep your GPS/phone devices positioned so you can check them through eye movement (like your outside mirrors) instead of moving your head.
Replace your prescription lenses if they are scratched so as not to reduce your visual accuracy.
Make sure your eyeglass prescription is up to date. A recent study in the United Kingdom (a 1000 person study) discovered 35% failed a basic eye test. 65% of those who failed- Drove! If it’s time for your eye exam be sure to bring a copy of our vision identification tool WIDE.
I’m sure we all agree necessities for safe driving is clear sharp vision and up to date prescription lenses. Hopefully my recommendations for safe driving will decrease the likelihood you’ll suffer a driving mishap.
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