A safe car is nothing without safe driving vision. Your driving vision is the most important safety feature in your car. As drivers, we are very focused on safety, it’s a must-have.
Whilst we are concerned about our car’s safety features, we often don’t think about the major influential factor in crashes: human error.
The most important safety feature in your car, is the driver.
Critical decisions made by drivers are predominantly based on sight and good vision is essential to a driver’s ability to identify and react to hazards, make accurate judgments and concentrate on the roads.
We know that vision is the most important sense for making decisions on the road and that uncorrected vision is a contributor to crash risk.^ Road safety starts with good vision, and that means seeing well at all distances, in all conditions.
Be aware of signs & symptoms
But how do you know if you might be at risk? Ask yourself if you experience any of the following:
- When Driving do you have trouble recognizing details on road signs or number plates?
- Difficulty judging the distance of oncoming vehicles, particularly at night?
- Trouble seeing cars and roads clearly in changing light conditions, e.g. from day to dusk, dusk to night?
- Visual sensitivity to an oncoming car, motorbike, bus, or truck headlights?
- Need to move your head to see in the vehicle side mirrors or read your dashboard clearly?
- Reluctance to drive at night or in unfamiliar environments?
- Uncertainty and lack of confidence behind the wheel of a car?
- Complaints of headaches, blurred or double vision after you drive.
How can we help with poor vision while driving?
Today, we have more options and technologies than ever before to help you stay safe on the road.
Most of us think to check our mirrors, tyres, oil and water before hitting the road, but forget that eyes need servicing too.
Here are some of the common ways we can help:
- Vision Correction: Wearing glasses or contact lenses improves your vision clarity and depth perception while driving, so you can better judge your surroundings.
- Progressive Lenses Improve vision at every range of distances, with a smooth transition from reading road signs in the distance to viewing the dashboard in front of you.
- Anti-Reflective Coating Reduces glare, light streaking, and distortion from oncoming headlights, particularly beneficial for night driving.
- Blue light filters and tints can assist in reducing the glare from oncoming headlights.
- Polarised Sunglasses Eliminate distracting and sometimes dangerous ‘horizontal glare’, which is caused by light reflections from surfaces including roads, other cars, and your dashboard.
Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads
1. Avoid eye strain
Using your eyes intently for hours causes eye strain and increased sensitivity to glare. Try moving your head around slowly while still looking straight ahead. This will allow you to change your eye posture without taking your eyes off the road, helping your eyes to relax. •
2. Rest your eyes
Driver fatigue can affect reaction times, alertness and concentration. Set realistic travel goals and avoid driving at times when you would normally be sleeping. The best way to overcome eye fatigue is to pull over, close your eyes and rest.
3. Plan your journey
Before driving long distances, make sure you are well rested. Allow plenty of time for regular rest stops to give your eyes a break.
4. Look after your eyes
Accumulated UV exposure can lead to eye disease and vision impairment. Wear sunglasses to reduce glare and squinting while driving and protect your eyes from sun damage. Also, maintain a healthy diet including fruits, vegetables and fish to help prevent eye disease.
5. Monitor your eye health
As we get older, our vision inevitably changes and this can start to affect our driving, including our ability to see clearly at night, objects in the distance and out the corners of our eyes. If you notice any changes in your vision, consult an optometrist immediately
Feel comfortable driving this year.
Start by booking an appointment with us today. And don’t forget that we can process any private health fund optical extras during your visit.
Noosa Optical was established in 1989 as the first Optometrist in Noosa Junction. We are 100% locally owned and operated and we provide a complete range of options in eyecare and eyewear. Our optometrists look after clients across the Sunshine Coast, but mostly from the Peregian Beach, Peregian Springs, Noosa Heads, Noosaville, and Tewantin areas.
^Dr. Tj Van Der Berg, 2005, Relevance of glare sensitivity and impairment of visual function among European drivers, European Commission. World Health Organisation Training Manual 2006: Road Traffic Injury Prevention