Driving In The Fog Made Easier

Driving this time of year can be tricky. If you don’t listen to the weather report before you head out to start your day, you can be caught totally off guard when you hit thick patches of fog, it can make you dread the morning drive. If you have young drivers in your home it is even worse because you worry about their safety while driving in the fog.

Among the tips to driving in foggy conditions:

  • Use LOW beams lights. High beams will reflect off the fog, creating a “white wall” effect.
  • Reduce your speed.
  • Travel with the window partially open. Listen for traffic.
  • Use the paint line of the right edge of the road to guide you – never use the center line.

But there are times when the fog is so thick you can barely see the white line on the right side of the road edge.

Here is a hint that can give you the “edge” you need: Glasses with an amber or yellow lens will enhance contrast, making it easier to distinguish where the paint line runs.

I wear prescription glasses, so I keep a pair of Guardian Over-the-glass with yellow lens within an arm’s reach in my car. (Bolle makes the Override in a yellow lens that would also work).

For the young driver in your household, select glasses that not only keep them safer, but also look good so that they will use them. To mention just a few: In a yellow lens, popular choices are the Wiley-X Saber and the Jackson Hellraiser. In an amber lens, the Smith & Wesson Elite, with its “retro style” is a great choice. Another great choice is the Edge Dukura, a light-weight, sleek wrap-around available in both yellow and amber lens.

Try one of these very affordable glasses, you will find it makes driving in the fog easier and safer.

Helpful Tips On Photochromic Eyewear

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The majority of customers interested in purchasing Photochromic Eyewear always have the same valid question. How dark can I expect my Photochromic/Transition lenses to get? There is no quick answer to this question. It will depend on the type of glasses you have, and the environmental conditions in which they are used.

How it Works:
Basically photochromic compounds are built into the lens. The sun’s UV rays trigger the compound to darken. When you get away from sunlight, they reverse back to a clear state through a thermal process. This process seems simple enough until you add in environmental conditions, which significantly impact the performance of photochromic eyewear.

When Lenses WILL get their darkest:
  • Cold Weather: Photochromic lenses will get darker in cold weather conditions, which makes them more suitable for snow skiers than beachgoers. (Once inside, away from the triggering UV light, the cold lenses take longer to regain their clear color than warm lenses.)

When Lenses will NOT get their darkest:
  • Driving a car: Most windshields have UV protection built in, which significantly reduces the amount of UV light reaching your lenses. This prevents the photochromic compound from working to its fullest, so lenses will darken considerably less in a car.
  • Hot Weather: The higher the temperature, the less dark photochromic lenses will be. This thermal effect is called “temperature dependency” and prevents these devices from achieving true sunglass darkness in very hot weather.
I want the darkest possible photochromic lenses, what should I look for?
  • Lenses that have a clear neutral state will never get as dark as those that start out darker. If you are seeking darker lenses, try going from a “dark to darker” state. Look for glasses with lenses that are medium or light gray in their neutral state; their transition in the sun will be closer to a sunglass feel than lenses that start as clear.
  • If you’ll be using your eyewear in extremely hot and bright conditions, such as the desert or a tropical beach, photochromic lenses will probably not perform to your satisfaction. I would recommend saving some money and purchase eyewear with traditional dark lens tints.