Road Safety Week: Driving At Night

Autumn has set upon us rather quickly this year. It seems a lot darker and colder than previous years and with it has brought a lot of rain!

This week is Road Safety Week, an awareness week that has been set up by the road safety charity Brake. The aim of the week is to raise awareness about making our roads a safer place for everyone. This includes drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

The Association of Optometrists have also launched their “Don’t Swerve a Sight Test” campaign for Road Safety Week highlighting the importance of ensuring you have regular eye examinations as a driver.

Don't Swerve A Sight Test - Association of Optometrists

Driving At Night

Driving at night can be an uncomfortable experience with bright car headlights, rain, and surface water just to name a few. In order to ensure that your vision is the best it can be, especially for driving in these conditions we have a few top tips.

Keep Up To Date With Eye Examinations

Statistics from the AOP state that an estimated 2900 road casualties are caused by drivers with poor vision. Regular eye examinations are the easiest way to ensure that your vision meets the DVLA requirements. In order to meet these requirements, you must be able to read a car number plate up to 20 metres away.

Our optometrists Davina and Fiona recommend that you have an eye examination every 2 years, unless they advise otherwise. You vision can deteriorate slowly over time, so you may not notice any changes but this could affect whether your vision meets these standards for driving.

Glasses with statistics about drivers who have not had regular eye examinations

If you feel that your vision has changed and you are not yet due an eye examination, book in to see an Optometrist.

Anti-Reflective Lenses

When you purchase your glasses, we would advise you have an anti-reflective lens. An anti-reflective lens lets more light through compared to one without. This helps to reduce the glare from car headlights and road surfaces because the light isn’t being reflected off the lens and causing distraction.

Comparison between an ordinary glasses lens and an anti-reflective lens

It is also important to ensure that your glasses are clean before starting a journey so that your vision is not compromised in any way.

Keep Your Windscreen Clean

A clean windscreen is really important, especially when driving at night. Dust, debris and water marks can scatter the light from headlights and reduce your visibility. Before you set off on your journey make sure your windscreen is cleared of any dirt, leaves or even snow and ice, and you can see clearly.

Statistics about people experiencing glare when driving at night and avoiding driving at night

Steamed up windows can also be a nightmare, and when you try to clean them on the inside it can leave marks. If you need to wipe them, use a microfibre cloth as this will help to reduce the number of streaks left on your window.

It is important, as a driver to take responsibility of your vision and make sure that it meets the standards required to be safe on our roads. If you have any concerns at all about your vision when driving or in general, do not hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of the team. Call us today on 01332 291010 or book your appointment online.

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