My first new car, a 1971 MGB-GT,
had no glove box. Odd that it continues
to be called a glove box since few
people drive with driving gloves on.
My “B” had virtually no storage space
anywhere readily at hand. So my
string back gloves (pictured on the cover of this month’s
L&T… yippee) usually ended up somewhere on the passenger
side floor and my sunglasses invariably found their
way onto the driver’s seat awaiting the crash contest with
my butt. Since the glasses always lost I spent considerable
time and money replacing them. So I thought my self quite
the expert in the evolving technology of sunglasses specific
to the task of driving.
Historically my favorites were Serengeti Drivers. These
days I’m driving in Persols now fitted with Drivewear
Lenses from Younger, Rx-ed by our own Mark Shupnick
and also featured on our L&T cover.
My current car (leave me alone Jackie, I LIKE constantly
saying the name of my car), a Chevy Malibu Maxx SS, has
seemingly infinite storage areas (and an equal amount of
cup holders should anyone DARE try having a spill-able
beverage in my Maxx) and I intend to fill those nooks with
the absolutely brilliant drive-specific eyewear recommended
by author/optician Barry Santini in his outstanding “Let’s
Go For A Drive” L&T feature.
This story needs to be shared with your patients. Make
copies of it. Preach its teach. Engage your customers in the
importance of having the best vision acuity possible when
driving and do them the favor of optimizing their SAFE
Guess it’s appropriate that this is our annual sport eyewear
issue and “driving” has always been my favorite sport. I
only wish I had Santini’s story in hand with the current lens
technology back in my younger days of actually driving in
motorsport events. I’m still using the same old driving gloves
from those days but my latest eyegear is state-of-the-art and
you need to take all of your patients on that road trip.
As a closing (fan) note, this month’s story on mountain
biker/model Niki Gudex is a first-time cover feature by
assistant editor Melissa Arkin. Niki is quite the rider and
Melissa is quite the writer. Both are admirable pros.