To test the best night driving classes, we wore each pair while driving through a city at night. We compared the effects of driving without the glasses and between each set of glasses. In addition to driving with each pair of glasses, our tester also wore the glasses while gazing directly into the bright high beams of our test vehicle from outside the car.
During our experience, we assessed how well the night driving glasses provided clarity, comfort, and reduced glare. Each pair of glasses was given a rating out of 5.0 stars based on these criteria.
The primary function of a pair of night driving glasses is to reduce the headlight glare from oncoming traffic. If your night driving glasses can’t do this, then they’re practically useless. Products that best dim the blinding light of high beams scored best in this category.
Comfort is subjective and depends on the shape and size of the wearer’s head. However, certain features can make glasses more comfortable for all. Glasses that weigh less, have soft padding, and are flexible scored highest in this category.
For reference, the circumference of the tester’s head is roughly 22.0 inches, measured just above the ears. This is close to the average head circumference for men in the United States. Any mentions of a tight or loose fit are relative to this head circumference.
A pair of glasses must provide a clear view of the road. Glasses that are heavily tinted can reduce clarity and vision at nighttime in low-light conditions. We gave each set of night driving glasses a clarity score based on how well we could see unlit objects while wearing the glasses at night.
How We Score Products
Every pair of night driving glasses we test is given a score between 1.0 and 5.0 stars in each category. Here’s what those star ratings mean in concrete terms:
- 5.0 Stars: A 5.0-star rating means night driving glasses are among the best in a category. They effectively eliminate glare, improve vision clarity, or are lightweight with comfortable padding or rubber.
- 4.0 Stars: A 4.0-star rating means the night driving glasses perform better than average in a category. They significantly reduce glare, are perfectly clear, or fit comfortably if not perfectly.
- 3.0 Stars: A 3.0-star rating indicates what is average or typical for a pair of night driving glasses, based on our testing experience. They reduce glare, don’t diminish clarity much, or are not uncomfortable.
- 2.0 Stars: A 2.0-star rating indicates the night driving glasses perform poorer than the average. They barely reduce glare, impede vision clarity, or are excessively tight or loose.
- 1.0 Star: A 1.0-star rating indicates that the night driving glasses perform well below expectations in a category. They fail to reduce glare, greatly impede vision clarity, or don’t fit at all.
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*Data accurate at time of publication. Products subject to availability.