Keeping your eyes protected when you're on the road
When driving, some things are a must. Like seat belts and even air conditioning for uncomfortably hot days, sunglasses are something you shouldn't go without when driving. Whether you're a passenger or the one getting everyone from A to B, wearing sunglasses in the car is crucial in protecting your eyes due to the harsh outdoor elements. When driving, our eyes are exposed to a range of elements like distracting light that reflects off of other cars or dust and dirt when driving on rural roads; this is where sunglasses with high-quality lenses come in.
Driving sunglasses can range in lens technology, each with added benefits that make your trip safer while optimising your view. From polarised technology to lenses that adjust in light, you'll discover the best brands for driving sunglasses and the lenses we recommend for each driving condition.
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Polarised sunglasses are the best for driving as they cut glare that bounces off reflective surfaces like the road, other cars, water and more. Sunglasses with polarised lenses will offer the best clarity and glare-free vision through a filter in the lens that blocks glare from hitting your eyes. Glare is not only distracting and uncomfortable to look at, but it also distorts vision, hides detail and can make your eyes uncomfortable.
Sunglasses with a gradient lens are a popular choice for drivers as the gradual tint can shield your eyes from overhead sunlight and simultaneously allow light through the end of the lens so you can read your dashboard easily. Gradient lenses have a darker tint on top that fades into a lighter tint on the bottom, making them ideal for driving in the afternoon when light is compromised or through shady areas.
Photochromic lenses adjust to the light in surrounding environments. These lenses will darken in bright light situations and lighten in softer light or when you are indoors, making them perfect for driving due to the always-changing light conditions outdoors. Photochromic lenses, also known as transition lenses, automatically activate when exposed to UV light, so you never have to switch between pairs when you're behind the wheel.
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