Driving on a sunny day is preferable to hitting the road when the conditions are less than ideal. Even so, this can present its own set of problems.
Sun glare can make it difficult to see the road in front of you, thus increasing the likelihood of an accident.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent trouble when the sun is beating down on your car:
— Wear sunglasses. Preferably, you’ll want to wear a pair that have polarized lenses. These are designed to reduce sun glare, thus making it easier to clearly see the road and traffic around you.
— Rely on your sun visor. Even if you don’t have sunglasses, your visor is a great way to keep the bright light out of your eyes.
— Give yourself more space. You should never drive too closely behind another vehicle, but this is definitely something to avoid if you can’t clearly see what’s going on. When you have more space to stop, there is a less chance of causing a rear end accident.
Final tip: Do your best to keep your windshield clean, as debris can make it even more difficult to see when the sun is glaring.
Although you can follow these tips when driving into the sun, you know that others may not do the same. For this reason, you have to concern yourself with the possibility that another driver could cause an accident.
If you find yourself in this spot, don’t wait to remove your car from traffic and call for police assistance.
Source: AAA, “Dangers of Driving Into Sun,” accessed Dec. 08, 2016