One of the most effective ways you can safeguard yourself and others whilst driving is to wear suitable eyewear. Road safety is extremely important and quick reactions to potential hazards on the road are crucial. Bright light from the sun can obscure your view and make it difficult for you to see clearly. However, sunglasses designed specifically for driving can help to improve your view and enhance contrast. We are here to help you find a reliable pair of sunglasses to suit your driving needs.
For an optimal driving experience, our recommendation would be Transitions® Drivewear® lenses. They are uniquely designed for driving and combine light intelligent technology with polarisation to help reduce reflective glare no matter how bright it is. These lenses are also able to prevent impaired vision due to rapidly changing light conditions. They work in overcast weather and even the brightest of sunlight, offering a safe and comfortable visual experience when driving. Transitions® Drivewear® lenses are always tinted and by default are an olive-green colour. Their colour varies depending on light intensity.
The lens is an olive-green colour in low light and overcast weather conditions. It offers high contrast for improved visibility. The polarisation tackles distracting glare which can obstruct your view.
Due to the innovative technology of the lens, it is able to become darker behind the car windscreen. This ensures reliable traffic signal recognition and improved contrast for enhanced visibility. Also, the polarisation blocks glare for a safe driving experience.
Whilst outdoors, Transitions® Drivewear® lenses become a dark-reddish brown. They filter excess light and block 100% of UVA/B rays in bright sunlight. When the lens becomes a copper colour, it provides enhanced contrast for the ultimate visual quality and safety.
These lenses are practical and convenient. There is no need for you to change your eyewear, whether you’re outside or driving behind the wheel of your car. This guarantees faster recognition and quicker reaction times on the road. They are also capable of blocking 100% UV light. You should be aware that Transitions® Drivewear® lenses are not suitable for driving at night or for indoor use.
(Not suitable for indoor use or night driving)
“Possibly the best glasses I’ve ever owned. I feel much safer wearing them.”
“The driving experience on sunny days is a game changer, there is superb clarity of vision.”
“Easy to wear and work while driving. I have other photochromatic lenses but they don’t work in the car.”
If you’re driving during the day, sunglasses up to category 3 are your best option. Categories that are any higher will be too dark for you to drive safely. Avoid wearing sunglasses when driving at night.
We would recommend a brown lens as this improves contrast which is ideal for driving. A grey lens is a suitable option and will make colours appear more natural. Meanwhile, green is another great choice and will give you improved visibility. Brown, grey and green lenses are neutral and so will enable you to recognise different colours, most importantly traffic lights and road signs. One of the many great features of Transitions® Drivewear® is that the colour of the lenses will seamlessly change according to the surrounding light intensity.
The most basic photochromic lenses and Transitions® Signature® Gen8™ are not optimised for driving. This is because the windscreen of your car will already be able to block UV rays, which can delay the activation of the chemical process that is required to make the lenses turn dark.
Transitions® XTRActive® are perfect for everyday wear, protecting you from bright light indoors and outdoors. These lenses are also safe to drive at night with.
However, Transitions® Drivewear® lenses are designed to offer a safe and comfortable driving experience. They are the only polarised sun lens uniquely designed for driving.
Polarised sunglasses are a great option for driving in bright conditions as they block horizontal glare reflected from surfaces on the roads. They provide 100% UVA/B protection and also enhance contrast for an improved visual experience. Despite this, polarised sunglasses can make LCD screens difficult to see. This is something to be mindful of as it could make your car dashboard appear distorted.
Transitions® Drivewear® lenses seamlessly adapt to surrounding light conditions. They change in colour and darkness to ensure an optimal visual experience and enhanced colour contrast. These sophisticated lenses function in daylight conditions and also behind the windscreen of your car. They are an olive-green colour in low light, reducing glare and providing enhanced visibility. Transitions® Drivewear® lenses can also turn into a category 2 sun lens with a copper tint when you are driving in bright conditions. This ensures reliable traffic signal recognition. Then, when you’re outside in the sunshine, Transitions® Drivewear® lenses turn their darkest colour, a category 3 sun lens with a brown tint that filters excess light and provides 100% UV protection.
Both Transitions® Drivewear® and polarised lenses provide 100% UV protection. Polarised lenses also reduce glare and increase contrast. As a type of polarised lens, Transitions® Drivewear® offer a slightly more enhanced all-in-one experience, capable of seamlessly adapting to changing light conditions.
Compared to other light intelligent lenses, Transitions® Drivewear® are always tinted and specifically optimised for use behind the windshield of your car, combining the benefits of light intelligent technology with polarisation. This ensures a reliable, safe and convenient driving experience. Transitions® Drivewear® lenses are suitable for both daytime driving and outdoor activities.
Transitions® experts have been part of two important studies. The first was a consumer study with an online UK retailer focusing on Transitions® Drivewear®. They interviewed 205 respondents on the benefits of the product compared to other lenses. They discovered:
Almost 90% of wearers wear Transitions® Drivewear® as a replacement for traditional sunglasses and appreciate the greatest benefits of these lenses in bright sunlight1.
The other study they worked on with an external research partner was carried out in collaboration with Transitions R&D experts. Here were their findings:
Wearers experience increased visual comfort with Transitions® Drivewear®. They also perceive less glare with Transitions® Drivewear® than with a clear or a regular grey sun lens2.
Individuals wearing Transitions® Drivewear® lenses experience a 15% improvement in reaction times when moving into a darker light environment compared to when wearing a polarised lens3.
The dynamic contrast of moving vehicles in peripheral vision increases by +27% when wearing Transitions® Drivewear®4.
1 Source: Transitions® Drivewear® consumer survey (N=205)
2 Compared to a clear and standard grey sun lens. Studies by an external research partner in the UK (n= 48) in 2021 & 2022.
3 Compared to a clear, polarised and standard grey sun lens. Source: Studies by an external research partner in the UK (n= 48) in 2021 & 2022.
4 Compared to a clear and standard grey sun lens. Studies by an external research partner in the UK (n= 16) in 2021 & 2022.