The market for driving accessories has grown considerably in the last decade, with an eye-watering array of gadgets available for modern cars. From after-market HUD (heads up display) systems, to sat-navs to mobile chargers and phone cradles, it seems the appetite for in-car accessories has never been stronger.
However, one particularly important accessory that drivers often overlook is their eyewear. High-quality, effective sunglasses are one of the most important accessories you can have in your car, but many drivers simply forget to wear them, or don’t understand the impact they can have on overall safety and visual acuity. Of course, not every pair of sunglasses is created equal – your Oakley prescription sunglasses for example are far more likely to outperform a cheap pair from the gas station. So how can you choose the best sunglasses for driving? Here’s a few things to look out for:
- Photochromatic lenses
Photochromatic lenses automatically adjust the level of tint to match the light conditions, making them a good choice for driving. Just be aware that in some cases they will react to the light levels inside the car (rather than outside) – while this might seem like a minor distinction, it can result in the tint being slightly darker than necessarily required.
- Polarised lenses
Polarised lenses are designed to reduce glare, which can be particularly hazardous when driving. Glare from the sun can be amplified by water on the road or large white-sided trucks, which can seriously diminish your ability to see for a short period. The potential implications of this are obvious when it comes to driving a car, but having polarised lenses can remove this glare and make it much safer to drive.
- Wraparound frames
Frames that wrap around your head offer additional protection from UV light and glare in your peripheral vision, which is ideal for driving. Good options are those made by the likes of Oakley, although you’ll be able to find cheaper alternatives if you’re not too fussed about the brand name.