With the clocks going back, we may have gained an extra hour in bed, but we’re slowly starting to lose daylight, which means that we’re having to drive more in the dark, especially on our way to and from work.

It’s not only hard to get out of bed when it’s darker, driving in the dark also comes with a variety of challenges including reduced visibility, increased glare and reduced clarity. Bright headlights at night can cause both eye strain and temporarily blind drivers, which can be dangerous as well as uncomfortable.

With over 34 million motorists in the UK and statistics showing that night time driving is when most accidents happen, it’s no surprise that around 44% of motorists avoid driving in these conditions. Now, while this may reduce the number of vehicles on the roads to an extent, the increased levels of anxiety in drivers, combined with the urge to get home or to work on time, on top of the challenges that come with driving in the dark mean the likelihood of an incident is increased three-fold.

That’s why we’re proud to be supporting Road Safety Week from 16th November. Coordinated by Brake, the road safety charity, the idea of this event is to encourage schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages during the week and beyond.

For our part, we want to bring the importance of being prepared for driving in the dark to the forefront, and having the right eyewear is vital to reduce the risk of accidents and discomfort when driving.

Whether you wear prescription lenses or not, there are a number of products available to support you when driving in low light. For those who wear glasses already, the innovative Road Pilot driving lenses from Essilor are a game changer. Offering high resolution across the entire lens, they reduce reflections from on-coming light and other light sources by up to 90% when driving.

Available with single vision and Varilux forms, each tailored to deliver optimum performance through lens design and coating, both patients with single vision or varifocal requirements will benefit from these lenses.

Promoting a better clarity of vision both day and night, a wider, more enhanced field of vision, front and back UV protection and scratch resistant lenses, these anti-glare driving glasses are also available with iconic Transitions XTRActive coatings for an even better wear experience without the need for multiple pairs of glasses.

If you’re finding that you’re having difficulty with your vision whilst driving or want more advice on driving in the dark, including a review of your existing glasses, give us a call on 01491 412020, email or book online.