Best Sunglasses for Driving


If there’s ever a time when you want to be sure you can see clearly, with no distractions, it’s when you’re in a 3,000 pound piece of metal moving at 60 mph, aka driving. When deciding on the best sunglasses for driving there are few major considerations you want to account for first. In our opinion, the order of priority starts with vision clarity, then comfort, then style. Capture all three and you’ve hit the jackpot.

First things first, start with vision clarity. You want to be certain you have a high quality lens not only protecting your eyes but enhancing your vision as well. Fortunately you do not have to break the bank just to buy high quality lenses, but you don’t want to go too cheap here either. The most important things to look for when considering a high quality lens are glass over plastic, UV ray protection, and if they’re polarized or not. The easiest way to know you’re getting a high quality lens is it should have a sticker on it when you buy it that shows the UV ray protection. We recommend aiming for lenses that offer 100% UV protection. Don’t be fooled by dark lenses that do not actually offer any UV ray protection as they can actually be worse for your eyes than wearing no sunglasses at all.

Our next recommendation with lenses is making sure they are polarized. You don’t need polarized lenses all the time, but we always recommend them when driving. The main reason why is polarized lenses are specifically designed to reduce glare that reflects brightly off asphalt and other car windows. A bright day is one thing, but that glare can be blinding, and the last place you want to be blinded is when you’re driving on the road. Best bet is to find yourself some lenses that have a polarized filter and UV ray protection. For more information on the importance of polarized lenses check out our article on how they work and help protect your eyes.

Second thing to consider when finding the best sunglasses for driving is comfort. There are a ton of different frame styles for different face shapes, and although aesthetic is usually the focus here, when driving or embarking on a long road trip you want to be sure your frames fit comfortably on your noggin. A couple things to look for here are that the frames fit snug but not too tight. If the sunglass arms press too tightly against the side of your head, or temples, you’ll end up with a headache and potentially a weird pain right above your ears where the frames sit. Another thing to keep in mind is how the nose bridge sits on your nose, or the nose pads that press against the upper inside of your nose near your eyes. If the bridge is too tight it can cause irritation to the top of your nose, especially if you’re lightly sweating at all. If your nose pads are cheap or made from a hard plastic, instead of a soft rubber that accompany high quality frames like Ray Bans, they will leave red irritated marks on your nose, that over time can actually be painful. Unfortunately the only way to really know how the sunglasses will feel over a long period of time is if you can wear them for a while. When shopping in a store, you don’t really have the time for this, but luckily brands like ours are offering an at home try-on experience called Shop-In-A-Box. This allows you to test out our sunglasses for a week, feel the comfort, get feedback from friends, and know for sure exactly what you’re getting before you buy them.

The third thing to consider, that is less about safety but still hugely important, is style. Everyone likes looking good, even those who say they don’t care are actually just lying to sound cool. When you look good you feel good, and when you feel good it makes your whole life better. So in your search to find the right lenses, and comfortable fit, make sure you understand what style of sunglasses look best on you. The best way to do this is buying the right sunglasses for your face shape. Check out our comprehensive guide here. Once you’ve narrowed down which lenses work best for your bone structure, dial in a style and color that work for your clothing style and maybe even your car. For example, it might be weird if you drive a rugged old pickup truck but buy yourself some really huge flashy Prada sunglasses. However, a cool pair of vintage aviators will make you look like the man in that rugged old pickup because it’s on par with the style. You get the idea.

To find the best pair of sunglasses for driving that hit our top three priorities, while still delivering a style that fits your personality, check out these helpful links below: