Sun glare is a major concern among drivers at all times of the year, with this even more so the case during the spring and summer months. While it’s enjoyable to hit the road when the weather is warm and the sun is blazing, it can also make it difficult to maintain your safety.
Here are five tips to follow when dealing with sun glare as a driver:
- Wear polarized sunglasses: With the help of sunglasses, you can travel into even the brightest of sun without trouble. However, the key here is the word polarized. This is what helps with glare.
- Use your headlights: This sounds like a bad idea, but it allows vehicles traveling the other direction to see you. You want to be as visible as possible at all times.
- Clean your windshield: A dirty windshield, such as one with streaks and hand prints, can magnify the glare, thus making it even more difficult to see the road ahead. Along with this, keep your dashboard clear of any debris that could cause trouble, such as cups and paper.
- Back off: When visibility is low, it’s critical to leave a greater following distance. This gives you more time to stop in an emergency, such as if traffic quickly grinds to a halt.
- Slow down: This holds true any time conditions take a turn for the worse and/or your visibility is compromised. The slower you’re driving, the more time you have to deal with an unexpected circumstance, such as debris in the road or a vehicle that turns in front of you.
When you do all five of these things, you’ll feel more confident in your ability to drive safely when the sun is beating down on your vehicle.
As you follow this advice, keep watch for drivers who aren’t. These are the people who don’t care about the conditions. They continue to drive the way they want, even if they’re putting others at risk.
Should one of these negligent drivers cause an accident, get medical treatment and then begin the process of seeking compensation for your injuries, damage to your vehicle and other financial implications.