Most of us start our day off driving to work or school. Encountering sun glare during our travels is an annoying inconvenience. However, sun glare may be a lot more dangerous than many of us realize, as it is often a contributing factor in many tragic car accidents.
There are several effective safety measures we can all take to avoid and combat this dangerous driving condition.
Sunglasses Save Lives
Keeping yourself, your family, and others safer on the road this summer could be as simple as picking out a good pair of sunglasses. When it comes to driving sunglasses, bigger is not necessarily better. Additionally, sunglasses do not need to be labeled or advertised as “driving” glasses.
Here is how to choose the best pair to combat sun glare:
- Avoid brightly colored lenses: stick with blacks, browns, and greys
- Choose slim frames: larger frames could block peripheral vision
- Opt for a mid-level tint: too light or too dark could limit use to certain weather conditions
- Check for polarized lenses: effective for reducing glare
Although some high-end brands offer great choices, those who want to keep costs down can look into polarized, off-brand sunglasses made specifically for fisherman and boaters.
Wait it Out
Instead of trying to deal with sun glare, drivers can avoid it completely by pulling off the road. However, it is important to choose a safe place to pull over, in order to avoid being hit by other drivers who may have decreased visibility due to the glare.
Drivers should look for a parking lot to pull into, or another space that will allow them to pull off the road completely. If this is not possible, pull off to the right side of the roadway, moving as far off the road as possible.
Avoid Driving When Sun Glare is at its Worst
According to AAA, sun glare is as its worst just after sunrise and before sunset. Scheduling driving times before and after these periods is a surefire way to avoid sun glare altogether.
For those that must drive during the more dangerous parts of the day, consider the following safety tips:
- Drive slowly and leave a good distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you
- Drive with headlights on so other drivers can see your vehicle better
- Avoid sun glare by finding an alternate route
Keep a Clean Windshield
A clean windshield may not stop sun glare. However, driving with a windshield free of dirt and debris improves visibility overall. Sun glare can become intensified when it reflects off broken edges caused by chips and cracks in a windshield. Repairing windshield damage immediately will help to reduce the chances of severe sun glare.
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