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How can I prevent accidents due to sun glare?

Driving safely relies heavily on having clear visual paths. When something inhibits your ability to see clearly, it can greatly increase the chances you will have an accident.

The sun is one of the most difficult barriers. At certain times of the day, the sun is at the right point where it shines directly into your eyes as you drive. No attempt to block it using visors or other items will work without further reducing your sightline. Because of this, it is important to learn some tricks as to how to minimize the sun glare’s impact on your safety as your drive.

Act immediately

AAA suggests the very first move should be to reduce your speed. Driving too fast for the conditions includes driving too fast when you cannot properly see. Slowing down increases your reaction time and allows you to see things better sooner.

Block the sun as much as possible

You should wear sunglasses that have polarized lenses. While they will not block all of the glare, they can help immensely. Also, flip your visors down. They may not provide complete protection but they can assist.

Increase visibility

You should have your headlights on at these times of the day, too. This increases your visibility to other drivers who may be suffering from the glare as well.

Prep your car

Make sure your windshield is clean and free of any issues, such as cracks or chips. Keep your washer fluid-filled and utilize it before driving to clean your windshield. Do not use it while driving as it can further obstruct your view.

You can do nothing about the sun glare when you drive, but utilizing these tips can help reduce your chances of an accident due to it.


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