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How to be safe when driving in twilight

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With the clocks going back at the end of October, we will soon be plunged into extra hours of darkness in the morning and evening. While this means you will get longer in bed for one morning, it also means you’re likely to be doing a lot more driving in the dark.

Driving in twilight can make it much more difficult to see clearly, partly because hazards are less obvious in the dark. It is imperative that you take the right steps in guaranteeing clear, sharp vision behind the wheel; both for your safety, and the safety of others.

Challenges of driving in twilight

Driving as the light changes can make it tricky to see clearly, reducing depth perception and peripheral vision as the light diminishes. Your vision can often struggle in low light conditions, even more so if you wear corrective lenses, but at twilight or in the early morning, these conditions can’t be avoided.

It can be much harder to see pedestrians, cyclists and even other cars. This is because headlights and streetlamps will often cause glare, creating reflections on your glasses.

Do I need night time driving lenses

Staying safe when driving in twilight is easily achieved through wearing lenses optimised for this very occasion.

Glasses for night driving

Many people require corrective lenses for a number of reasons, including myopia and presbyopia. Wearing the right glasses can make a huge difference to driving in twilight or at night. If you require varifocals, there is a solution available to enhance your vision further for driving.

Varilux Road Pilot are easy-to-wear varifocal lenses that are optimised for driving by enhancing your fields of vision. Making sure you don’t miss a thing, wearing Varilux Road Pilot lenses for driving in twilight conditions can contribute to a safer driving experience.

Varifocals for driving can ensure you are able to see the road ahead, just as clearly as your dashboard.

Lens coating for night time driving

If reflections and bright light bother you while driving in the dark, you may wish to consider a lens coating to make your lenses much more comfortable. Crizal Drive not only provides the usual lens coating benefits like smudge resistance and scratch resistance; they can also reduce reflections by up to 90%*.

Other tips for staying safe when driving in twilight

When driving in twilight, it is helpful to other drivers if you turn your headlights on before sunset, and keeping them on for an hour or so after sunrise. If you don’t feel so confident driving in low light conditions, be sure to allow more time for your journey so as to alleviate any pressure.

It is important to have your eyes tested regularly to make sure your vision meets the legal standard for driving. Visit your local optician to find out more about eye examinations and whether you need to wear glasses.


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