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Old 01-29-2020, 11:58 PM   #1
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Default Blinded by headlights & yellow polarized driving glasses

Trying something to combat these insanely bright headlights, so have been experimenting for 2 weeks using a pair of nighttime driving glasses as they are called.
My concern was that any tint and I would lose some vision whereby a deer would be headed my way and I might miss seeing it and get clobbered.

I only wear them on the way to and from work, and only on the back roads. However; I keep flipping the glasses up to my forehead and back down and don't really notice much loss of vision at all.

What I have found is that I can even look at the brightest oncoming headlights and they are dimmed enough that it does not bother my eyes OR obscure the roadway edges at all. Without these polarized lenses, it was a nightmare to even see the right hand edge of the pavement. These back roads are really not wide enough to merit a center line, and there is nothing on the right edge either. Lots of bad edge areas having deep missing pavement cavities and jagged notches which will absolutely kill a tire if you happen to connect with one...ask me how I know.

Anyone else tried yellow polarized lenses and would you agree or disagree on their merits?

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Old 01-30-2020, 04:38 AM   #2
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Default Re: Blinded by headlights & yellow polarized driving glasses

I see adverts for them, all the time, but have never tried them. Following your endorsement, I may have to look into them (no pun intended lol).

Do they make everything seem yellow during the day or do you just use them for night driving?

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Old 01-30-2020, 04:42 AM   #3
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Default Re: Blinded by headlights & yellow polarized driving glasses

Hello,
I have not tried driving glasses, but it is a good suggestion. I often see them for sale on the TV.
I thought it was just me as I age , sensitive to the blinding lights on new vehicles? What are the manufacturers thinking? I guess if you are driving one of those it's great, not so much if you are on the receiving end of them.

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Old 01-30-2020, 05:14 AM   #4
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Default Re: Blinded by headlights & yellow polarized driving glasses

A handfull of 1/4 inch ball bearings tossed into the grill as they pass does wonders...



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Old 01-30-2020, 08:54 AM   #5
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A handfull of 1/4 inch ball bearings tossed into the grill as they pass does wonders...


Usually they're following me...

Some of the lights seem ultra bright, and others I assume are just because the Saturn sits so low.

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Old 01-30-2020, 09:03 AM   #6
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Default Re: Blinded by headlights & yellow polarized driving glasses

Mister Cee, I only use them when its dark.
My eyes are healthy, and the last time I EVER used any sunglasses was in the Fall of 1978.
I did get these yellow ones because, no matter what size vehicle I drove, I was blinded; MY sample vehicles: Avalanche, Suburban, Versa, Malibu or Saturn.

Hint: ball bearings thrown from a vehicle is a criminal offence in any state.
Better to get yellow polarized glasses instead.
Mine were only $8 on Ebay with decent frames and a leather case.

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Old 01-30-2020, 09:10 AM   #7
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Default Re: Blinded by headlights & yellow polarized driving glasses

I find that wearing polarized sunglasses when it is snowing or raining during the daytime helps to see better. I hadn't tried yellow polarized for night though. I might give it a go as I have a couple pair of sunglasses that have swappable lenses. I think I do have a yellow lens in my arsenal.

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Default Re: Blinded by headlights & yellow polarized driving glasses

I’ve worn them for a few minutes in my grandmothers car before. They definitely work, although I already have glasses, so it was kinda annoying getting them to go them. They also put a yellow tint over everything that I don’t really love. It reminds me of “Night Shift” on my iPhone. I could probably get used to it, but I also done really care that much to either

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Old 02-03-2020, 11:59 PM   #9
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Default Re: Blinded by headlights & yellow polarized driving glasses

Maybe its the brand I bought, but the yellow lenses are not helping at all here. What brand did you guys buy? I can't recall what I got, but they were from amazon and had a eagle on the package.

5 or 6 years ago I read a post (not this site) where someone wanted the brightest headlights he could find. someone else said "what about blinding oncoming drivers?" the OP said "my safety is more important than theirs". I couldn't believe my eyes, but I guess it generally falls perfectly in line with today's self centered "me first" society.

Even the factory headlights in new vehicles are now absolutely blinding. I think the onus is now being pushed onto other drivers - if you can't see, slow down, as a perverted form of safety in today's eyes. Your safety is your responsibility, if you're blinded and have an accident, you might end up being in the wrong because YOU didn't take suitable measures to ensure your own safety.

I generally try not to travel after dark anymore.

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Old 02-04-2020, 09:00 AM   #10
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Maybe its the brand I bought, but the yellow lenses are not helping at all here. What brand did you guys buy? I can't recall what I got, but they were from amazon and had a eagle on the package.

5 or 6 years ago I read a post (not this site) where someone wanted the brightest headlights he could find. someone else said "what about blinding oncoming drivers?" the OP said "my safety is more important than theirs". I couldn't believe my eyes, but I guess it generally falls perfectly in line with today's self centered "me first" society.

Even the factory headlights in new vehicles are now absolutely blinding. I think the onus is now being pushed onto other drivers - if you can't see, slow down, as a perverted form of safety in today's eyes. Your safety is your responsibility, if you're blinded and have an accident, you might end up being in the wrong because YOU didn't take suitable measures to ensure your own safety.

I generally try not to travel after dark anymore.
Are they polarized lenses? I think this is the difference.

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These are what I purchased: polarized (only permits a certain light angle to reach the eyeballs).

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tac-HD-Pola...72.m2749.l2649

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These are what I purchased: polarized (only permits a certain light angle to reach the eyeballs).

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tac-HD-Pola...72.m2749.l2649
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Great thread, thanks

> falls perfectly in line with today's self centered "me first" society.

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what George Soros calls, 'market fundamentalism'....

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