There are different ways to improve your night vision – from having a healthy diet, all the way to supplementing to improve night vision as well as getting gear that aids in night vision driving like night vision glasses. Let’s take a look at the 3 most important and effective ways to avoid having trouble when driving through the night and assure you have the best possible experience with night vision driving.
1. Night Vision driving glasses
Night time driving can feel totally different compared to daytime driving. Regular roads that you have drove on can seem totally different during the night. With the fatigue that builds up on your eyes during night time trips, the oncoming bright headlights and different glares as well as bright ambient light from the stars and moonlight don’t seem to help the experience also, making it even harder to focus on the road. One way for you to be able to combat those different distractions and try lowering down the eye fatigue to a minimum is by using night driving glasses.
Night driving glasses are based on special yellow-tinted polarized lenses that help greatly reduce the glare and dazzle from bright lights – no matter if it’s from the headlights of an oncoming car or natural light sources like moon and starlight.
The lenses on the night driving glasses which are yellow tinted, are used because they are able to greatly reduce the brightness of white lights. The polarization – which you can actually meet in a lot of normal daytime sunglasses, is used to basically remove the possibility of having unwanted reflections projected on your night driving glasses. A lot of the models of night driving glasses are yellow as this color is used with a purpose – it has no impact on our perception of the color spectrum, so that the possibility of the glasses themselves distracting you is removed.
The addition of this yellow-coated lenses also even boosts the contrast when you focus on the road. Night driving glasses do not require any prescription by doctors so they are free to be purchased by any user that wants to have an additional layer of protection for his eyes during the night time for maximum possible safety.
2. Driver and car maintenance
This is a very common thing and has to be the most important thing to keep in mind and pay more attention to as it is actually neglected. For the best possible experience when taking night time driving trips, especially longer ones there are a few things to make sure you check even before heading on the night time driving trip.
First and foremost, taking closer look at the what condition your car is, and most importantly the front windshield. Windshields that actually appear clean through the day may reveal things, streaks, dots and even dirt that actually causes a glare when being looked at night. This glare potentially can reflect to your sight and even blind you for a second – which is more than enough for an accident to happen. Polishing your front windshield to make sure it is clean before you even start heading on your night time driving trip is your best choice. Doing that in the inside as well as the outside will make up for the best effect.
Another thing to take a look at for a better night-time driving experience are your headlights. Sometimes, even without you noticing throughout the day or on short-duration night time driving, headlights can be pointed lower than usual or just are uneven. So it is definitely important to make sure you aim them correctly, as if they are lower than necessary, the shorter the distance they will light up in front of you during the night hence the shorted your reaction time will be if something pops up on the dark road. In that case, it is important to actually clean your headlights too.
Sometimes, even correctly positioned headlights can get dimmed with the time and with dust accumulation, casting a dim glow if some of the dust is blocking the light, so make sure you take a few minutes out of your time to clean up your headlights too before taking on a longer night-time driving trip.
The other thing has got to do with the driver directly. Looking around as much as possible, but not too often of course has an adaptive ability on your eyesight. When you look around more often than only looking directly where your headlights are lighting up the road, can help keep your eyes from getting fatigued fast. Moving your eyes around but still paying close attention to the road, as well as often blinking to avoid your rods (the cells that have a specific function on focusing on the night vision) will keep them moisturized and will avoid the possibility of desensitizing.
This process can most easily be compared to another method to reduce the fatigue and damage of eye sight – the 20-20-20 method that is used when looking at a computer for longer periods of time. The method basically consists of looking every 20 minutes at something that is around 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This way your sight can get used to something other than the close screen of your computer and take a little rest from the computer screen’s beams.
This is actually the same as the looking around method when driving through the night as this way you will reduce eye fatigue by not only focusing your sight on only the road that is lighted up by your headlights for long periods of time.
Another trick that is related to the driver itself is actually gently massaging your eyes when you feel like the fatigue is catching up to you. This of course has got to be when you have pulled the car over on a safe place that is allowed for. By closing your eyes slightly and applying slight pressure on both of your eyes with your palms, after about 5 or 10 seconds, instead of seeing black, your current vision will kind of ‘’restore’’ making it much fresher than before you started. This is a simple trick that can help battle the fatigue but definitely won’t remove the fatigue of your sight, so if you feel great fatigue your best choice is to stop for a slight break.
3. Healthy diet and supplementation
Having a well-rounded and balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals as well as additional certain supplementation can help greatly increase your ability to have the best and safest possible experience when driving through the night. Adding in fight to your diet is a very good choice and is correlated to improving your sight overall. Fish is rich in omega fatty acids – which are crucial for the proper function of the eyesight.
Nuts and legumes are an additional addition to a diet that will also keep your eyesight healthy. They also contain omega fatty acids that are different from those that are in fish, but are higher in vitamins which greatly protect the eye from age-related damage and blurred vision as time progresses.
Fruits and vegetables contain a lot of vitamins. They are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin E, which are the most important vitamins that are related to the health of your vision.
Another thing that will be best for your proper vision, especially during the night is taking supplementation of vitamins, minerals, zinc and different omega fatty acids. This way the antioxidants from the supplements will actually boos up your vision, your ability to focus on certain objects from longer distances in the day as well as during the night and even reduce the recovery from getting blind sighted during the night and reduce the time you will need to focus back on the road if blinded by upcoming car headlights or glares.
There are a lot of different ways to make sure you have the best and safest experience when taking longer trips during the night. A combination of the three things that we mentioned will definitely be your best bet. Having an additional layer of protection for your eyes, which is the yellow-tinted night driving glasses will make sure you never lose focus on the road and lead the possibility of getting blinded by headlights to a minimum. A healthy diet will keep your eyesight in perfect health and make sure you use your sight to the best of its abillities. Last and not least, certain driver checks as well as additional car checks will never hurt and won’t take much of your time, but can actually play a big role in making sure your night-time driving experience is as safe as possible.