Posted on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 at 7:18 pm
Did you know that over 9,000 car accidents occur every year because of sun glare? Behind ice, rain, and snow, it’s the most common environmental cause of motor vehicle crashes. Sun glare can literally blind a driver, making it impossible to see the road. It only takes a few seconds of glare for an accident to happen. Below are some ways to cut the glare and be safer on the road.
- Adjust your drive time. Right after sunrise and right before sunset is the danger period for sun glare. Altering the time you get on the road slightly can take you out of the high-risk zone.
- Keep your sunglasses handy. It’s a good idea to keep an inexpensive pair of sunglasses in the car for sun glare moments. Polarized lenses are the most effective. Be sure they’re easily accessible so you don’t become distracted looking for them.
- Clean your windshield regularly. Sun glare illumines your windshield and makes every bit of smudge, mud, leaf, and other debris visible which can further obstruct your view.
- Change your route. Sun glare may be worse on one street than another or in areas where there are bodies of water to amplify the reflection. Simply taking an alternate route may enable you to avoid the glare.
- Put your headlights on. While it may seem like too much light is the issue, having your head and taillights on will make you more visible to the drivers approaching or behind you.
- Pull over. If it’s safe to do so, pull off the road and wait the sun out. It will quickly move out of your glare zone. Yes, you may be a few minutes late to your destination but arriving safely is certainly worth it.
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