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The Best Sunglasses For Driving

Photo displays a pair of Memorí small fit aviator sunglasses with tortoise shell lens sheath inlay. Aviator sunglasses are one of the best sunglasses for driving.

For a safe and stylish driving experience, you need to know the below:

At Memorí, we understand that not all sunglasses are created equal when it comes to driving. The best wardrobe pieces are function first, fashion second, and this is definitely the case with sunglasses. Let's delve into what makes the best sunglasses for driving and how you can elevate your driving game with style and safety in mind.

  1. Optimal Eye Coverage for Unobstructed Vision
  • Peripheral Vision: Ensure your sunglasses provide ample eye coverage without obstructing your peripheral vision. Look for lenses with more surface area and frames that gently curve around your face, allowing you to maintain a clear view of your surroundings while on the road.

 Aviator sunglasses are the best sunglass shape for driving because they have adequate eye coverage and generally enough of a curve to give a clear and wide field of vision.

Small aviator sunglasses for men and women, these sunglasses feature a 52mm wide lens, which is smaller than average to offer the perfect fit for small and narrow faces. Aviator sunglasses have a lens that covers more surface area around the eye and wrap slightly around the face, which leads to less vision obstruction and safer driving. *Memorí Aviator sunglasses with gray lenses pictured above are the perfect shape to offer a wide and easy field of vision for safe driving. Also available in Polarized. 


  1. Neutral Gray or Black Lenses for True Color Perception
  • Color Distortion: Choose sunglasses with neutral gray or black lenses to minimize color distortion and ensure that traffic signals, such as red lights and stop signs, appear true to color. This is crucial for maintaining awareness and making informed decisions while driving.

 Memorí black cat eye sunglasses are the best sunglasses for small faces, and also some of the best sunglasses for driving. Their dark gray, nearly black lens reduces glare but does not change the color of the external environment. Photo shows side view, gold detailing on internal temple arm visible.

*Memorí cat eye sunglasses are pictured above, and are a great option for driving as they have wide lens coverage and dark gray lenses that will not change the color perception of signs and lights on the road. 

  1. Consider Polarized Lenses for Glare Reduction
  • Glare Reduction: Polarized lenses can further enhance your driving experience by minimizing glare from reflective surfaces, such as wet roads and other vehicles' windows. This helps improve visibility and reduces eye strain, especially during bright and sunny conditions.

Memorí black hexagon frame sunglasses are pictured from the front. These sunglasses feature a small fit and gray lenses which are great for driving as they do not distort colors. *Memorí Hexagon sunglasses with gray lenses are the perfect lens color for safe driving, as black and gray lenses do not change the colors around you while driving, they simply reduce brightness and glare. This frame is available in polarized and non-polarized options. Ensure 100% UVA Protection for Eye Health

4.  Ensure 100% UVA Protection for Eye Health

  • UV Protection: Prioritize sunglasses that offer 100% UVA protection to shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. Long-term exposure to UV radiation can lead to eye damage and increase the risk of cataracts and other eye conditions. Protect your vision and prioritize sunglasses with proper UV protection.

Every single pair of Memorí sunglasses comes with 100% UVA/UVB protection - you don't even have to check. 


Reminder: Proper Sunglass Care for Longevity

  • Avoid Extreme Heat: To preserve the integrity of your sunglasses, refrain from leaving them on the dashboard of your car, especially during warm months. The extreme heat can warp acetate frames, compromising their fit and durability over time.

 What NOT to wear: 

  • Orange Lenses: Orange-tinted lenses can significantly distort colors, making it difficult to accurately perceive traffic signals, signs, and hazards on the road. This distortion can pose a safety risk as it may lead to misinterpretation of important visual cues while driving. Some states have even banned drivers from wearing lenses of certain orange and yellow tinted lenses while driving due to the danger of the visual contrast distortions they create. 

Conclusion: Drive Safely and Stylishly with the Right Sunglasses

At Memorí, we design elegant sunglasses with a small fit for small/petite faces. We have multiple styles that not only provide optimal eye coverage and color perception but also exude the cool factor which can be incredibly hard to come by in petite sizes.

 In this article we linked two great options for Memorí driving sunglasses. Try them out, and if you don’t love them, you have the option to return for free for 90 days!

Do you look for anything else in a pair of sunglasses for driving? Let us know in the comments below.

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