AARP Driving Resource Center

Vision and Driving

From color blindness to cataracts, learn how your vision impacts your driving — and what you can do today to stay safe behind the wheel

Vision Tips

  • Have regular eye examinations by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist.
  • Ask if you should get separate glasses for day and night driving.
  • Ask about anti-reflective coatings on eyeglasses to reduce glare and improve night vision.
  • Do not use eyeglass frames with wide temples (side pieces); they may restrict side vision.
  • Reducing driving at night, dusk or dawn when visibility is more limited.
  • Use caution when driving in rain or fog, or when snow, sleet or ice are present.

Before You Drive

  • Make sure your windshield and windows (inside and out), headlights and tail lights are clean.
  • Wear clean corrective glasses or contact lenses with an up-to-date prescription.
  • Make sure your mirrors are always properly adjusted.
  • Have a mechanic check that your headlights are properly adjusted, so they light the road properly and don’t cause glare for other drivers.

While Driving

  • Watch for parked vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, children and animals—especially those in your peripheral vision.
  • Use extra caution when turning left and trying to judge the speed/distance of oncoming vehicles.
  • Choose roads that are well lit; avoid poorly lit areas.
  • Do not wear sunglasses or dark tinted glasses at night, dusk or dawn, unless prescribed by an eye doctor.
  • Have a good pair of sunglasses handy for daytime glare situations.
  • Drive more slowly at night and avoid looking directly into the headlights of approaching vehicles; look slightly to the right.
  • Check mirrors every five to eight seconds, and move your eyes every two seconds in order to maintain your ability to recognize hazards.
  • Watch for painted lane markings, bike lanes and parking lanes; these lanes can be difficult to see in low light, rain or snow.

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