Snow Is Coming: How To Reduce Glare And Keep Your Eyes Safe While Driving
Most drivers who live in areas that experience cold weather for at least part of the year have experienced temporary snow blindness, and the fact that this condition is common doesn’t make it any less terrifying. When the sun and the snow come together to form a glare, it can be impossible for your eyes to focus on the road ahead due to the sudden influx of incredibly bright light. Here, we’ll go over some steps that you can take to stay safe with the snowy season just around the corner.
First, know what you’re up against. Early morning and late afternoon tend to be the worst times of day for snow blindness. If you can avoid driving at these times after snow has blanketed the ground, do so. If you must drive during these times when there’s snow on the ground, be sure to keep in mind that snow blindness is likely to occur.
Think about investing in a pair of polarized glasses. Often used by fishermen, these go a long way in helping to protect your eyes from strong rays. While you don’t need to wear these all the time when you’re driving, they may be helpful on especially sunny winter days when it comes to helping you stay focused despite a strong glare.
Don’t forget to utilize your sun visor. While it seems obvious, it’s easy to get focused on squinting at the road and forget to lower your visor. Putting your visor down as soon as you notice that the sun is especially strong can be helpful in reducing glare, even if the sun isn’t shining directly into your eyes.
Remember, you’re not the only one on the road who may be experiencing snow glare. Slow down and leave extra room between yourself and other vehicles. Keep an eye out for cars that aren’t following the rules of the road, and give them extra room, knowing that the driver may be struggling to see.
In addition to providing extra room between yourself and other vehicles, it’s also a good idea to turn your headlights on. This can seem counterintuitive when it comes to dealing with glare but doing so will make your vehicle far more visible to others, decreasing the likelihood of an accident.
You also may want to talk to your eye care professional about getting an anti-reflective, or AR, coating for glasses, if you wear them for vision correction. This can help to keep your eyes safe while also allowing you to see more clearly when there’s a high level of glare.