Yellow glasses allow you to see better at the wheel at night. Truth or lie?

According to traffic police, in the first two months of 2019 inRussia, there were more than 6,000 accidents involving pedestrians, and in most cases the drivers were guilty. Car manufacturers are trying to reduce the number of such accidents with pedestrian detection systems. Small companies, in turn, offer drivers special glasses with yellow lenses that supposedly allow people to see more details in the dark. But do these glasses really improve vision, or is it all just a publicity move?

Yellow glasses for driving can be found on salein almost any store with car accessories, and sometimes even at gas stations. Manufacturers claim that in addition to improving vision in the dark, such glasses also protect drivers from the blinding light of the headlights of oncoming cars. But none of these wonderful properties of yellow lenses was scientifically justified, therefore in 1997 in the USA advertising of “driving” glasses was completely prohibited. Despite this, these lenses are still widely known and popular.

Yellow glasses for drivers - good or bad?

Check if yellow glasses really improvenight vision, the scientists from Harvard Medical School (USA) decided. To do this, they conducted an experiment with 22 volunteers from 21 to 80 years old. They were divided into three groups, two of which consisted of young people and one of the elderly. All of them were planted for a driving simulator with a task to press the alarm button immediately when they see a pedestrian.

Glasses seem to really improve night vision.

In total, they passed eight tests.lasting 10 minutes in which various traffic situations were played up. In some tests, scientists turned on the headlights of oncoming cars, which prevented volunteers from quickly noticing pedestrians appearing in front of them in clothes of different colors. Every driver from time to time changed glasses with yellow lenses from different manufacturers for ordinary, transparent glasses.

Colored glasses can cause accidents.

It turned out that the yellow glasses do not give anyadvantages - volunteers reacted to pedestrians at the same speed. However, people from the age of 50 have been more susceptible to the bright light of oncoming cars, but scientists believe that yellow lenses have nothing to do with it. Most likely, this is due to their age-related clouding of the cornea, called a cataract. This disease significantly enhances people's sensitivity to light.

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Typical ad driving glasses

In the end, scientists announced that from yellowpoints for driving are no good. Although people have a feeling that they see everything in brighter colors, but when driving from such glasses may be more harm than good. After all, just think what will happen if a pedestrian in yellow clothes appears in front of the driver in colored glasses? There is a possibility that he will notice him too late and will not have time to press the brake pedal.

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In addition, researchers believe that drivers inyellow glasses may unduly hope for their "improved" vision and lose vigilance on the road. It turns out that rather than relying on glasses, it is better to drive without them, but to fully concentrate on the process of driving. Of course, it is very tiring, but later drivers can relax completely - the owners of Tesla cars can even watch the series.

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