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By Amos Kwon
on 7.22.13

Sunglasses are sunglasses, right? If you’re serious about safe driving, the answer is a resounding no. You can’t just slap on a pair of clearance carousel drugstore shades and expect a great behind-the-wheel experience; nor does spending $300 on top-of-the-line sunglasses necessarily get you the best sunglasses for the road. You’ll want to spend less time looking in the rearview mirror to see if they match your hair and more time concentrating on negotiating that hairpin turn like you were related to Fangio. If you’re as keen in the brain as you are behind the wheel, look for three essentials when choosing driving sunglasses: (1) Polarized lenses to reduce glare and filter appropriate light levels; (2) curved lenses to protect in front and to the sides; (3) thin temples to free up peripheral vision. Once you have those, by all means try your best to look like James Dean. While you’ve been fixing your hair after this morning’s romp in the twisties, we’ve rounded up five great options that hit their marks.

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