As darker nights mean poor visibility both inside and out, it’s essential to prepare yourself and stay safe.
Some of the day-to-day aspects to consider during the darker winter days are eyewear, driving and lighting.
These are also important considerations if you’re up early in the morning before sunrise.
Wear your glasses when it’s dark
With darker days and nights, you may benefit from wearing your glasses.
When it’s dark, our pupils dilate to allow more light in, but this causes our vision to be blurry, which can be a risk to our safety.
Blurry vision can occur both indoors and outdoors when there’s poor lighting, including when you’re driving.
Your glasses can help keep you safe by correcting your vision as much as possible.
Being able to navigate your daily life safely will help you avoid bumps and falls.
As a result of wearing your glasses, you can help prevent physical and even psychological harm.
Is your home well lit during the darker nights?
As outlined above, lack of light can naturally cause blurry vision, so that naturally leads to the need to improve lighting at home.
You should ask yourself “does my vision get blurry when I’m at home during the dark days or nights?”.
If the answer is yes, or you think you could benefit from more lighting regardless, then it’s an investment worth making!
Bulb brightness and colours
Before you rush to buy the cheapest lights that you can find, you should consider a few things first.
Believe it or not, bulb brightness and the colour of the light are important!
Which? has a handy guide to help you decide on the type, shape, brightness and colour of the light.
You shouldn’t let the price of a particular lightbulb put you off, as it may be more cost-effective in the long-term.
Most importantly, though, you really can’t put a price on your safety and your health.
Be safe when driving
Winter conditions, shorter days and darker nights mean poor visibility, so road safety is crucial!
The AA’s guide on preparing for driving in winter conditions includes tips for daily driving when there’s poor visibility.
Make sure you wear your glasses while driving if you need them! You should familiarise yourself with DVLA’s eyesight rules when driving.
Also, be mindful that you need a greater braking distance in rain, ice and snow.
Finally, make sure your car is prepared for winter conditions with anti-freeze coolant, food and water, a torch, a first aid kit and a blanket!