Can I Wear Sunglasses while Driving in the Rain?
by EO Executive Optical | June 24, 2021 at 08:44am

The rainy season in the Philippines is here, an extra challenge especially for drivers.  Road accidents are common because of the potentially zero visibility and slippery pavements. Sunglasses are more than just items for sale, but they could also lessen chances of mishap during rainy days.

According to the World Health Organization, road accidents are one of the major causes of death for people aged 4 to 55, and roughly 300,000 die of pedestrian-related accidents during the wet season.

 

How about simply putting on your sunglasses when the rain starts to hit your windshield?

Yes, this is ridiculous, but there is some truth to it. Take note that the scenario here is raining and not putting on sunglasses at night (which is not suggested). Rain will make it difficult to see the road while driving, and believe it or not, putting on a pair of polarized sunglasses will help you see through the downpour.

 

Wearing polarized sunglasses in the rain during the daytime will help you see the road better. How?

What polarized sunglasses do is work on blocking horizontal components of scattered or reflected lights. That means they help counteract scattering of light, like that of atmospheric conditions like fog or rain in daylight.  In short, polarized lenses help prevent the scattering of light when it bounces on a reflective surface, like the glare you see when rain bounces off the road or falls in front of another car’s lights. Wearing these makes it easier to see what’s in front without being distracted or blinded by the unpredictable light glare.

Note that this is only for polarized sunglasses. Non-polarized sunglasses will not do the trick. They will just darken the vision, making it harder to see the road. Also, this will not work at night either. Sunglasses won’t have a positive effect on evening rainfall visibility.

 

So, to answer the question “can you wear sunglasses in the rain?”, here are the conditions we come up with.

You can wear sunglasses while driving under the rain, provided:

  1. It is daytime and not too dark
  2. Your sunglasses have polarized lenses

 

As long as these conditions are followed, wearing sunglasses under the rain can be really helpful. It’s better to have a pair of polarized sunglasses in the car. This might save your life the next time you drive in the rain. You can shop for sunglasses in the Philippines here.

One last important reminder: lessen your speed while driving during the rainy season as well as follow the standard driving safety measures.