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4 reasons it's important to wear your glasses when you’re on the road

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Wearing your glasses when you drive to the store or head out on a bike ride is just as important for road safety as wearing a seat belt or helmet. Clear vision is important on the street and bike path. Need more convincing? Here are four reasons you should wear your glasses while you’re on the road:

1 - Glasses give you sharp vision

The most obvious reason to wear glasses while you’re on the road, and it’s also the most important. Having clear, accurate vision when operating any form of transportation is one of the best ways to stay safe on the road.

Operating a vehicle can be extremely dangerous if your vision is impaired. 

Would you want to be in a vehicle with a driver who can’t see the road? No. So you should maintain that same standard when you’re the one driving. 

If you break your glasses or lose a contact lens, you owe it to yourself and anyone else on the road to let someone else drive until you can get a replacement pair.

Need replacement glasses? Find an optician near you to get a new pair.

2- It may be illegal to drive without your glasses

Police officer checking licence for glasses requirement

Typically, if you require a vision correction when driving, it will be noted on your driver’s license. If a police officer pulls you over and you’re driving without your glasses or contact lenses, the officer can penalize you.

The level of punishment varies depending on where you live. In some places, driving with uncorrected or impaired vision is considered dangerous or careless driving. Suppose you are involved in an accident and cause property damage or the injury or death of another person while driving with impaired vision. In that case, you could face fines, prison time and the invalidation of your insurance (leaving you to pay for all damages out of your pocket). 

Driving without your glasses isn’t worth the risk of getting fined or spending time in jail. Try keeping your glasses in the same spot as your car keys, or keep a spare pair in the car!

3 - Reducing glare

Whether you drive most during the day or night, glare is a common nuisance. 

Daytime drivers can get distracted and even lose road visibility when bright rays of sunlight shine through their windscreen or reflect off buildings, water and roads, compromising their vision. A pair of prescription polarised sunglasses will correct your eyesight, deflect the glare and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. 

If glare is a bigger problem for you at night, choose a lens solution with a driving lens enhancement to reduce the reflections from oncoming headlights.

4 - Glasses can protect your eyes from debris

Man driving a convertible car wearing sunglasses

Taking your motorcycle for a spin or driving with your windows down on a beautiful day can be enjoyable and free, but it’s essential to protect your eyes from the wind, bugs and debris that fly around when you’re on the road.

Wearing a pair of prescription sunglasses or clear glasses will protect your eyes, however you get around. Motorcyclists may require a sturdier pair of goggles to shield their eyes from dust, rain and other potential hazards on the road.

Goggles can provide more secure protection while you’re cruising and may fit more comfortably under your helmet than a regular pair of glasses or sunglasses. 

Next time you plan to hit the road, remember to take your glasses with you — making your eyesight a priority will keep your vision clear and your ride smooth.

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