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Should You Wear Your Sunglasses When Driving in the Rain?


It depends. There has been a number of ‘advice’ circulating on the Internet about the benefits of wearing your sunglasses when driving in the rain.

Water scatters light. When it rains, especially when you are driving, the scattered light can really affect your vision. This problem is further exacerbated when driving in the city. The rain, the gloomy weather, the tail lights, city lights and changing and moving lights from digital billboards can all compound the problem.

Polarized sunglasses are designed to cut out horizontal lights. Bearing this principle in mind, donning or pair of polarized sunglasses when driving in the rain, will definitely be of help. The horizontal lights bouncing off the puddles of waters on the ground or lights scattered by the rain drops can be greatly reduced if you put on a pair of sunglasses.

We have experimented wearing a pair of sunglasses when driving in the rain and the results are surprisingly good. In light to moderate rain, our vision was greatly improved, making our drive more comfortable, resulting in greater safety.

However, it would be foolhardy to wear your pair of shades at night. Even if the sunglasses can cut out unwanted or distracting light, it will make an already dark situation even darker. Further, sunglasses will cause the dashboard dimmer appearing dimmer, thus making the reading of your speedometer and other readings more difficult. Common sense also dictates, that when it is a very heavy downpour, it is best to pull over at safe place and wait out the storm before continuing your journey. Of course, we need not remind you to switch on the windscreen wipers when it rains.

Finally, only polarized sunglasses are effective in cutting out unwanted lights when driving in the rain. You’ll be happy to note that all Sunday Shades sunglasses are polarized. Shop for your pair today!