When you’re driving at night, there are a few things you need to look out for. There’s the usual stuff like other cars, animals, and pedestrians, but there’s also occasional road signs that you might miss if you aren’t paying attention. You might also get distracted by all the tech in your car, and accidentally hit the brakes instead of the gas. Being able to see everything going on around you clearly is essential, and that’s where safety goggles and glasses come in.
For starters, safety goggles give you better visibility, both in the front and the back. You can also rest assured that the lenses will stay put, since they’re attached to the frame with adjustable straps. That means no annoying headaches caused by loose hair bands. Some drivers also prefer driving with their eyes open, rather than closed, which can improve their vision. That’s crucial if you want to avoid accidents.
The best safety goggles provide a variety of additional benefits. They block out harmful UV rays, which could otherwise cause you to age faster. Some models are also completely waterproof, so if you ever accidentally dip your head under the water, you’ll be pleased to know that your eyes are still protected. Some sunglasses, on the other hand, protect your eyes only from debris such as sand and dust. That’s not enough to protect you from all the harm UV rays can cause.
Even though safety goggles offer numerous advantages, you need to remember that they’re not all good. There are a few disadvantages to consider as well. If you wear your goggles when going over a speed bump or other rough surface, it can be uncomfortable. That’s because most speed bumps and other road surfaces are not made of rubber, like the inside of a sports car, but stone or asphalt, which is more abrasive than rubber. That can cause irritation and damage to your eyesight if not handled properly, so it’s important to take a break every now and then to let your eyes rest from all the strain. If stone or asphalt gets inside your goggles, it can also cause them to fog up, so you have to remove and clean them more frequently.
As mentioned before, if you’re driving at night, you need to be especially careful and observant. It’s not always advisable to wear eye protection all the time you’re driving. There are situations where having your eyes open is actually more dangerous than having them covered. For example, if you’re driving on a country road, and you suddenly see a vehicle coming toward you from the other direction, you should take this opportunity to close your eyes and prepare for a quick swerve. This will help you avoid a potential collision. However, if you keep your eyes open and there are no obstructions to prevent you from seeing the approaching vehicle, it can be helpful to wear eye protection. This is especially the case when driving on unfamiliar roads or in bad weather conditions. It’s always safer to be overconfident rather than under. That’s why it’s always better to overestimate the danger than underestimate it. Being overprotective by keeping your eyes shut all the time can also cause you to become less observant of your surroundings. That’s why it’s always better to be overprotective and paranoid than under.
It’s important to choose the right eye protection for your needs and the type of driving you do. In most cases, it’s better to have a snug fit around your eyes, rather than having the entire goggles frame drop down to cover your ears. That’s because if you choose the later, it might affect your vision. However, if you have a larger frame, it can also prevent you from hearing sounds clearly, such as horns, birds, and animals. That’s why it’s always better to go for a ‘sporty’ look instead of a ‘gothic’ one when it comes to fashioning goggles.
As you can see, there’s plenty of room for personal preferences when choosing safety goggles. Some drivers prefer to leave their eyes open, while others prefer to cover them. There are also some that want their goggles to be on the snuggest fit possible. Your needs will determine which category you fall into. Don’t worry, finding the right fit is all about trial and error. Good luck out there.