The Best Driving Sunglasses of 2021

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Most people spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel: to and from work, running errands on weekends, or on trips with friends. This is why driving sunglasses should always be in your glovebox. From the brightness of morning to the sunny afternoon glare, the sun can be a constant nuisance and even have damaging effects on your health. This is why choosing the best driving glasses for the road is essential. And be sure to add these to your travel checklist for your next vacation!

We’ve broken down what to look for in a pair of sunglasses and created a list of the best driving sunglasses 2021 has to offer.

How We Selected Our List

Most people think they can use one pair of sunglasses for everything when, in fact, their go-to pair is not the best for getting behind the wheel. Driving sunglasses come in a lot of varieties, so it’s important you know what to look for when you’re shopping. For example, truck driver sunglasses do not come in one standard style, but they should all feature specific technology to keep you safe while you’re working.

We’ve selected our list of unisex and men's driving sunglasses with this in mind, looking at durability, comfort, UV protection, and even tint color—tints like pink or blue may look cool. However, they’re unsafe for driving as they distort colors.

Top Driving Sunglasses

Here’s a list of our UNIONBAY favorites for driving. Bonus—it includes some of the best sunglasses on the market right now!

1.   Jet Black Rectangle Sunglasses

When it comes to value, it doesn’t get any better than this pair by UNIONBAY. Lightweight and slim, yet built for durability, the Jet Black glasses are a versatile year-round accessory. If you’re looking for the best truck driver sunglasses but don’t want to compromise on style, these are the way to go. You can wear them comfortably for extended periods thanks to their rubber nose pads and earpiece grips.

2.     Silver Aviator Sunglasses

If you love the aviator look but don’t want to break the bank, Unionbay’s Silver Aviator Sunglasses are here to save the day. They come in the classic aviator look, but with gradient lenses that make them look even cooler. Like all aviators, they are lightweight and come with rubber nose pads and earpiece grips for extra comfort.

3.     Navy Wrap Sunglasses

Wrap sunglasses grip your head to give you slip-free performance, which is crucial for those long-distance days. This makes them perfect as driving sunglasses. What’s more, UNIONBAY’s Navy Wrap sunglasses are lightweight, so you don’t tire from wearing them.

4.     Rectangular Aviator Sunglasses

We’re drawn to this pair because they feature a sporty twist to the classic aviator style. They are sturdy yet lightweight and come with extra comfort-enhancing features like adjustable nose pads and earpiece grips. The frame is fabricated from a durable polycarbonate material, which is both comfortable and durable. The coating on the lenses shields your eyes from the sun's natural ultraviolet rays.

5.     Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses

We love these because they are incredibly trendy. They’re also one of the most functional and durable pairs you can own. They are lightweight and comfortable for everyday wear; thin at the temples so they don’t hamper your vision with just the right amount of opacity so that they aren’t too dark.

Driving Sunglasses Technology

When shopping for your driving sunglasses, you might come across some of these technology terms:

●       Polarization

Polarized sunglasses for driving reduce glare from water, pavements, and other reflective surfaces by filtering light coming in from different angles. The best polarized sunglasses for driving come in shades that enhance colors instead of distorting them; they also make objects appear more clear.

●       Anti-Reflective (AR) Coating

Sometimes referred to as anti-glare coating, AR coating is added to lenses to reduce glare caused by light hitting the back of the lenses.

●       Photochromic Technology

These differ from driving sunglasses polarized technology as the lenses automatically adapt to any light condition: they’ll darken in bright sunlight and lighten in overcast conditions.

●       UV Protection

UV Protection is a treatment added to lenses to protect the eyes from harmful UV rays. Whether your outdoor camping or dressing for a music festival, proper UV protection is a must! 

Other Driving Safety Product Tips

Here are some additional tips to help you choose the right driving sunglasses:

  1. Avoid lenses that are too dark, as they will hamper your vision.
  2. Go for gray, amber, and copper-tinted lenses. They maintain color integrity and increase contrast. Avoid tints like pink, as they can distort important colors, such as red lights, when driving.
  3. Avoid bulky frames, especially at the temples. These will obscure your side vision and place a lot of weight on your ears.
  4. Glare is a significant cause of driving accidents; polarized glasses can help you reduce it.

Shop Sunglasses at UNIONBAY

Searching for the best value sunglasses? UNIONBAY’s collection has a style for every look and will become a part of mens wardrobe essentials. Browse our extensive collection of sunglasses to find the perfect driving pair for you today!