Friday, December 6, 2013

Winter Driving in the Dark…Be Safe!

Your safety when winter driving is extremely important. It can be nerve wrecking and dangerous to drive in the dark, especially on slippery roads. Darkness affects your peripheral vision, depth perception, and color recognition. If the driver is older, more light is required to see well. If you're tired, reactions become slower. The age of the driver and energy level can also be important factors.

How you respond to dangers on the road depends entirely on your vision, the strength of your vision decreases greatly in the dark. To avoid accidents, here are some tips to make sure you and your loved ones are taking the best safety precautions possible this winter:

  • Remove snow from the roof and windows because that snow can fall onto the windscreen and ruin your view. It can be a major hazard to other drivers on the road as well.
  • Try turning on the air conditioning, it’s faster for diminishing and reducing condensation on cold windows.
  • Make sure your headlights are working, nothing is worse than having a light out to further worsen the visibility. 
  • Consider buying night vision glasses.
  • If you’re feeling sleepy, chew on something to keep you alert and awake!
  • Don’t be a speed demon; driving slow on a winter night is perfectly okay! Black ice can be quite deceiving so hit your breaks early enough to avoid a collision.
  • Make regular eye exam check ups to ensure you have the correct prescription.

If you have any other questions about vision and winter driving in the dark, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Tom and the gang!