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Driving in the Dark: Tips and tricks for navigating at night

Learn more about the impact vision has on night driving safety at www.eyepromise.com/nightdrivingvision.

Common night driving pitfalls

Low light: Low-light conditions make it harder for the eyes to see contrast and thus identify objects and gauge their distance. It is much more difficult for a person to make out an object or person in the street or to accurately measure how fast they are moving or how far away they are at night versus during the day.

Glare disability and recovery: Glare and blinding light from an oncoming car’s headlights not only disables vision in the moment, but there is a period of time before the eyes recover where people are left driving blind. In fact, glare is one of the most common night driving vision issues, with one out of four respondents reporting that they feel unsafe driving at night due to glare, according to a survey by Toluna and EyePromise.

Reaction time: Reaction time is slower at night. The National Safety Council reports that 90 percent of a driver’s reaction depends on vision, which is limited at night, so a person’s ability to spot danger and react is compromised. When considering the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s assertion that a typical driver makes 20 decisions per mile and has less than half a second to act to avoid a collision, it’s clear that hampered night vision poses serious danger.

Take steps to improve your safety

There are numerous ways you can proactively improve your safety while driving at night. The experts at EyePromise offer these suggestions:

Practice safe driving

• Make sure the windshield and headlights are clean.

• Leave more distance between cars.

• Use “night” setting on your interior rearview mirror.

Improve your eyes with nutrition

Research proves nutritional supplements high in dietary zeaxanthin (10 mg or above) and lutein protect and promote eye health to directly address major night driving vision issues. These nutrients help by improving contrast, reducing glare and improving recovery time.

Trace amounts of these nutrients are found in foods like leafy greens, eggs, corn, and orange and yellow peppers, but the best option is a natural supplement like EyePromise vizual EDGE, which features high levels of dietary zeaxanthin (14 mg) and lutein in a once-daily softgel.

Schedule regular eye exams to monitor for vision issues

A professional will be able to identify any issues with the aid of routine examinations.

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