Health & Wellness | Increase Visibility While Driving in Winter Months

 

Now that we’re in the thick of the winter months enjoying the snow and other perks that come along with it, visibility while driving can prove challenging. From high beams and sunglasses to dry contacts and easy maintenance of our vehicles, Dr. Boxer Wachler, board certified ophthalmologist, shared exactly what we need to know to increase visibility and in turn our safety, specifically while driving in the winter months.

“The temptation is there when you’re in the rain, in the snow to put on your high beams because we’re always told to. Well, that’s going to help you see better at night. But with snow and rain, it actually causes that reflexive glare, which can actually make it harder to see because of the light scatter.

“During the day, I always recommend people wear sunglasses because the ultraviolet light from the Sun, the UV rays can be quite damaging. It can cause increased risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, distortions on the whites of the eyes or extra blood vessels or pigment brown spots so the UV rays can be quite damaging. However, there are some conditions when you don’t want to wear sunglasses, like if if it’s during the day and it’s raining or snowing, then sunglasses are going to make it harder to see and reduce your contrast. Other tips If you’re driving in the rain or the snow is clean, your windshield wipers, don’t hesitate. Just get a brand new pair. So they’re really nice and squeaky clean going across your windshield, giving you the best visibility.”

“Also, slow down because in winter, when you’re driving in the snow or the rain, your reaction time is going to be slower. So the slower speed that you’re driving at gives you more time to react if something happens. Know how to use your defroster because a lot of times you’re cranking up the heat gives that fog on the inside of your windshield. And if you don’t know how to use that to frost or this is not the time when you’re driving to be fumbling to figure it out, so be familiar. Check it ahead of time. Know how to use your defroster before you get going in the car.”

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler Bio