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    11-09-2010, 01:50 PM
Nighttime + Rain Driving Woes...

Anyone else have trouble driving at night when it's raining?

I've had my license for a while but only very recently had access to a car and I find that my vision is significantly reduced when driving at night, even more so during a rainstorm and it scares the hell out of me! The roads here aren't the best and during an average rainstorm at night, I have an incredible hard time seeing the yellow line and have this huge underlying fear of crossing it into oncoming traffic.

Recently had a vision test and everything was OK... but I'm wondering if there are any products out there that can actually help improve night time vision? I've heard of something called RainX that you coat your windshield in to help clear the water faster than an untreated window, and a friend suggested wearing yellow tinted glasses at night to help block the glare of oncoming traffic...

Any suggestions / opinions on RainX or yellow tinted glasses? Headlights work fine but aren't the brightest, it's an older car so I'm not too interested in changing the bulbs just yet.
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    11-09-2010, 01:53 PM
I would definitely get some heavy rain RainX, It may not be called "heavy rain" but they do have different kinds, I live in so cal and have a mild one I apply by hand once in awhile. They sell it so that your car squirts it out too (haha didn't know how to phrase that). I've also seen some really nice looking wipers by RainX, I think, that should really help.

Never heard of the tinted glasses...sorry
    11-09-2010, 02:01 PM
Ahh, yeah I know the RainX products you're talking about and the windshield wiper fluid. I'm planning on picking some up tomorrow - after it stops raining...

I take it, they definitely help in your case and get rid of the water faster than the usual wipers? So excited to give them a try. :]
    11-09-2010, 03:40 PM
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Yes. I've been to the eye doctor several times. He gave me glasses that have an anti-glare in them and a minor prescription. They help some but not much.
    11-09-2010, 04:18 PM
I will often wear yellow tinted glasses when driving at night. They don't do much to help except when you are meeting other cars, they reduce the glare on your windshield. I would suggest rain-x and some good wipers. Not only that, but drive only as fast as you feel comfortable. If you feel like you need to cruise along at 20 mph, then drive 20 mph. If you do that though, you should put on your caution blinkers to keep people from running up behind you too fast.
    11-09-2010, 04:45 PM
My boyfriend heard somewhere that if you wear polarized sunglasses when its raining heavily, it helps you see better. He tried it, and it worked for him. I just put them on once while we were out, and I did notice a difference, but I haven't actually tried driving myself with them. Definitely make sure that your wiper blades are working well, that makes a huge difference, and use the rain-x. We actually got the kind that you put in the washer fluid as well, and that has worked wonders on my car. I too have problems seeing at night, and then add in the rain, and it makes me really nervous to drive. Fortunately I can generally keep from having to drive in the rain, or at night, but sometimes I can't avoid it. Good luck, and definitely be safe.
    11-09-2010, 07:19 PM
Great advice everyone! I'm going to stock up on some RainX for the windshield and try the RainX wiper blades... assuming they'll fit my Corolla. I think I'll also give the polarized sunglasses a try too, a lot of the trouble I have is the glare on the road from the rain kind of makes me disorientated.

Just kind of frustrating because everyone else I know doesn't seem to have a problem driving in the rain... Thankfully it'll snow soon and the glare on the road will be the least of my worries. I hope the all season tires will be sufficient, but I have a feeling they will not be. :[
    11-09-2010, 08:39 PM
Given the crap they put on the roads up here, JinxRemoving, I would avoid the Rain-X. It works great in some locations, but not Ontario. MDH drove truck for years and found that Rain-X only makes things worse because it gets greasy here.

You said it's an older car, so I would suspect that your windshield may be sandblasted. That is a witch to drive and you will not have fun in the winter commuting between Ontario and the East coast. See if someone like Apple AutoGlass has an opinion on your windshield.

Also, fog lights help in the rain and are relatively cheap at Crappy Tire. Don't drive in heavy rain with your high-beams, you'll get too much reflection from the moisture. Same goes for fog.

The correct tint of glasses will help, but get anti-glare or the city lights will drive you nutty.
    11-10-2010, 11:50 AM
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You aren't the only one whose sight is affected by dark. I've noticed it's harder for example perceive how fast a car is coming closer you in a crossroads or if you've time to make through the crossroads before that car when it's dark outside.

I'd have suggested a vision test but you said you've already taken one.

Can you see the where the side of the road goes? I mean your side. If you can, it can help you to discern where and how the road goes.

When there's a car coming straight toward you, don't stare straight in front of you but try to watch a bit away so you don't become blinded. Side of the road is good, I do often that since like I said, it helps you to discern the road. If the road is very dark and your lights are bad, focusing your sight a bit somewhere else can help you to discern the road too since the eye cells which discern light/dark and forms in those conditions are mainly somewhere else but in center of your sight. I know rain can make things harder since it reflects light.

Honestly, I still suggest you to change your bulbs if you think it can help even a bit. You can make so much damage with a car if something goes wrong so it's important to rank your (and others') safety at first.
    11-10-2010, 01:15 PM
I have a problem driving at night and especially in the rain. I am legally blind in one eye which throws off my depth perception and also completely blinds me when headlights hit me. I do my best not to drive at night in the rain, but is unavoidable at times. I do used about 3 coats of the regular Rain-X on my windshield along with the Rain-X wiper fluid. The sunglasses help somewhat when I can remember to put them in the truck. Otherwise, someone told me a long time ago that if I can focus on the white line on the road that it would help. I'm constantly doing this while driving at night (when there is a white line). It helps to reduce the blindness that comes from the headlight of oncoming traffic.

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