A couple of months ago I nearly got knocked off my bike.

As an assured cyclist this was a bit of a shock to me, I’m normally very careful and aware of my surroundings, but on this one particular day I noticed I was missing a lot of activity. I soon learned what the problem was.

My glasses.

I realised that what may make a great pair of glasses to wear during the day won’t necessarily make a great pair of glasses to drive or cycle in. Now I have a specific pair that I wear for cycling & driving.

So what was wrong with them? They were glasses with large plastic arms. A style I love to wear (Although the wife says they don’t actually suit me…), but causes big safety issues when driving or cycling.

big glasses

Big glasses blocked

As you can see, they entirely destroy your peripheral vision, making it very difficult to see anything coming from the left or right, and meaning you have to turn your head to see the wing mirrors.

Also the lens rims themselves are thick so you lose vision there too.

So what should you look for in some Driving glasses?

  1. Thin arms – the thinner the arms, the better your peripheral vision
  2. Thin rims – again, less light is blocked from your eyes
  3. Secure on your face – so they won’t slip off when you turn your head quickly
  4. Big field of vision – So all your peripheral vision is in focus, and you can see the dashboard
  5. Strong/tough frame

It’s likely that theses glasses will be thrown around a lot in your car, shoved in glove compartments, ashtrays, coin holders and that shelf in the door (no-one here can think of the name for it). It’s also quite likely that you’ll leave them on a seat and someone will sit on them.

There are 2 main styles that cover all these traits.

  1. Large aviator style frames
  2. Large rimless frames

Large aviator styles

These glasses called ‘Robert‘ are comfortable, have a huge area of vision, small arms, no rims along the bottom so limited peripheral vision loss, and resilient ultra thin flex arms to make them tough.

Robert glasses


Otherwise these glasses called ‘Stan‘ are made of bendable metal so will be far more resilient if you leave them on the passenger seat and someone sits on them by mistake. They should just pop back into shape.

Stan


These glassses, Ray, are one of our basic pairs of aviators with the ‘comfort bridge’ keeping them nicely on your nose and very comfortable.

Ray glasses


Large rimless styles styles

These are called ‘Toronto‘ and have tiny arms and no rims, so peripheral vision should be maximised, and they are also made of bendable metal, so can take a bit of rough treatment.

Toronto

To make the ‘ultimate’ pair of driving glasses you should also think about a pair with Polarised lenses to enhance your driving in bright sunshine, these minimise glare from headlights, and light reflected off the road.

As a result of this I now have a pair of bendable rimless frames which I put on for cycling & driving then I swap once I’m at work to something a bit more swish, and I’m going to get a pair of polarised aviators for the car…when the sun finally returns.

Since changing to them I’ve had no more ‘incidents’ with traffic, although I’ve probably just cursed myself by saying that.