There is only one thing worse than driving, and that is driving in the rain. We’ve all been there – a few drops fall from the sky and suddenly everyone forgets how to drive. The windshield becomes smudged with rain and visibility is lowered (and is it just me, or does everyone forget they have a turn signal?). Well, there is one thing you can do to ease your driving-in-the-rain pain – wear sunglasses.
No, I’m not crazy – and not any old pair of sunglasses will work. Regular, tinted sunglasses simply darken the world around you. To help combat the effects of rain, only polarized sunglasses will do. This is because Polarized sunglasses do more than just darken your view and block UV. Polarized sunglasses kick glare’s butt! Glare is blinding, reflected light that gets bounced off surfaces into your eye, or in this case – light that gets scattered in the rain drops. The polarization helps to eliminate the blindness caused from glare, as well as help you see further in the rain.
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However, beware of your tint. Unless it’s a quick sun shower, the sky typically turns to a gloomy grey. Wearing too dark of a tint in that condition would lower your visibility, making it more dangerous to drive – polarized lenses or not. The ideal driving tint for medium to low sunlight is going to be above 18%. That means that 18% or more of visible light passes through the lenses, and it is suitable for conditions below very bright sunlight. If you don’t own a Spectrophotometer to measure your lenses’ exact VLT (like most of us regular folks), just use your best judgement. If the world looks too dark though your sunglasses – it probably is.
Finally – be smart. Rain or fog that is too heavy and affects visibility too much is unsafe to drive in – sunglasses or not. Pull over anytime conditions are too bad to drive! And, as always you can ask us any questions you may have about what lenses are suitable for any activity, driving included!