The long winter nights can often be off-putting for drivers. Decreased visibility and the glare of headlights from oncoming traffic can affect your vision and reduce your confidence when the night draws in. But we don’t think you should be put off from driving – even when it’s a dark night. Our guide will help you get behind the wheel with confidence – at any time of night or day.
As night draws in and darkness falls, it can sometimes be daunting to think about driving. The lack of light entering your eye means your vision isn’t as effective as usual and your level of concentration has to be high to navigate safely – particularly if you drive on poorly lit roads. The main issues are:
Some people may encounter further problems when driving at night due to impaired night vision. Older people are often more vulnerable because, as we age, the lens in our eyes lose their transparency and begin to cloud (an early sign of cataract formation). This causes light to scatter much more than in an unclouded eye, causing more glare.
If you have retinopathy – which is common in people with diabetes – reduction in night vision can be an early warning sign.
Some simple self-help tips are:
If you are experiencing high levels of glare or poor night vision, particularly when driving in the dark, it is important to see your optometrist to get an expert’s judgement. They will be able to identify the causes for your problems with night vision and recommend suitable products or treatments.
Kings Hill Opticians offer these products which can go a long way to helping you feel more at ease while driving in dark conditions:
Driving at night can be a struggle, but don’t despair! There are simple things you can do to make it easier for yourself, and there are products available to make you feel more comfortable when driving in the dark. Our expert optometrists will help you find the best solution for you – so you feel confident behind the wheel at all times.
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