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How to stop the sun’s glare from affecting your driving

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2024 | Car Accidents

We’re now well into spring, and summer is approaching. This means extended periods of sunshine and high temperatures. For the most part, these are positive things. Nonetheless, it’s important to remember that the sun can be a hazard for drivers.

The glare from the sun can severely impair visibility. Here are a few safety steps that drivers can take.

Visors and sunglasses

One thing that drivers can do is to dull the glare from the sun as much as possible. It’s important to remember that this should not include measures that further restrict visibility, such as extremely dark windshield tints. However, drivers can utilize UV protective sunglasses. Again, these should not be so dark that they further impair visibility.

Additionally, every vehicle has sun visors. These can be pulled down on both the driver’s and passenger’s side.

Increased stopping distances

Sometimes, it can be difficult to take direct measures that negate the sun’s glare. However, drivers can take other safety steps such as increasing stopping distances. Rather than the recommended three-second gap between vehicles, this can be increased to five or six seconds.

Windshield maintenance

One aspect that can make a significant difference in terms of reducing the effect of the sun’s glare is maintaining the windshield. If there are cracks or pits, this is the time to get them fixed. Keeping the windshield clean can also lessen the impact of the sun’s glare.

Drivers who cannot operate safely in the sun should pull over until the glare has subsided. If you have been injured on the road and you believe the other driver was negligent, seek legal guidance to explore your options.