Should You Wear Sunglasses While Driving in the Rain?

Katherine, 19 October 2010,
Categories: Household Tips
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sunglasses in rain

During the past month we have had lots of rainy days.  Driving through these torrential downpours has been a challenge at best.  With the pounding rain and wind you can barely see the car in front of you.  So this month I put an urban legend to the test.  I wore sunglasses during a rain storm to determine if I could see better while driving.

I kept a pair of sunglasses next to me this month and put them on every time it started to rain.  I would drive with them on and then lift the glasses up to determine my visibility both with the sunglasses and without.

My conclusion?  Can you really see better wearing sunglasses in the rain?  Yes and No!  The sunglasses cut the glare that the rain produces along the road.  They also allow you to see through the white mist coming off of the car tires.  As far as distance, I wasn’t able to see any further ahead with sunglasses than without.

Can you help to either prove or disprove the urban legend that you can see better with sunglasses while driving in the rain?  Do you wear sunglasses while driving through a storm?  Are you able to see better?