Driving in traffic is frustrating but what’s worse? When it starts raining cats and dogs! We have all been there. A few showers of rain, and suddenly everyone is on the road driving from everywhere, but going nowhere! The windshield is smudged with rain and dust, visibility is compromised, and driving becomes difficult. However, there is one thing you can do to help your driving-in-the-rain woes—wear sunglasses.
Why Should You Wear Sunglasses When It’s Raining?
Not any pair of sunglasses will work. Regular sunglasses will only darken everything around us, further obstructing our vision. To help combat this, only polarized sunglasses can do the trick. The great Indian monsoon creates surfaces that reflect light, everywhere we go. This glare makes it even more difficult to see or drive during the rains. Most of the glare that you see comes from horizontal surfaces like roads. Polarized lenses filter out the undesired horizontal light waves and allow only vertical light to pass through. They help get rid of blinding reflected light and allow you to see clearer. However, make sure you know which tint to opt for while buying sunglasses. Unless it is a quick sun shower, the atmosphere typically turns a gloomy dark grey with overcast skies. Wearing dark-tinted sunglasses would lower your visibility, making it more dangerous to drive.
A few general questions will be asked about your preferences and lifestyle such as if you’d like to opt for colored contact lenses or prefer dailies or monthlies. You can also discuss with your eye doctor the option of rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) contact lenses which often provide sharper vision than soft lenses.
What Are The Best Lenses To Use When It’s Raining?
The ideal tint for medium to low sunlight should be lenses that allow 18 to 45 percent of visible light to pass through. Lenses in this category are perfect for the rain since they allow more light and are suitable for low-light conditions. These sunglasses usually include:
Grey Gradient Polarized Sunglasses
Brown Gradient Polarized Sunglasses
Yellow Polarized Lenses
How Do I Know If My Lenses Are Polarized?
Here are two different tests you can try to understand if your lenses are polarized.
1. LCD Screen Test
All you need for this is an LCD computer or laptop. Look at the computer screen through your lenses and start to rotate your glasses to an almost 60-degree angle. If your lenses are polarized, it will get darker as you turn it, until it blacks out.
2. Assess Your Vision Test
When you go outside, check if glare disappears, color brightens, and visibility becomes crystal clear. If yes, then voilà!
3. Water Bowl Test
Another method to test polarized lenses is to fill a bowl with water (alternatively, you can go to a water body like a river or a lake on a sunny day) and ensure there is glare on the surface of the water. After donning your sunglasses, if you can see the bottom of the bowl, the sunglasses are polarized (similarly, you should be able to see the bottom of the lake).
In conclusion, polarized sunglasses are helpful while driving in the rain. However, make sure the tint level of your sunglasses isn’t too dark. All in all – be smart! If it rains heavily, even with the right sunglasses it can be very dangerous to drive in. Always use your best judgment in such circumstances.
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