Tips for dealing with sun glare on the roads

Tips for dealing with sun glare on the roads

When it comes to how the elements can have an impact on driving, a great deal of attention goes to things like rain, snow and ice. This is understandable, as these things can create some very difficult driving conditions.

It is important though to not forget that the sun can also sometimes raise some traffic safety concerns. This can particularly be the case around sunset and around sunrise. At these times of the day, the sun can be at around the eye level of drivers. The resulting glare can cut into a driver’s ability to see what is happening in front of them, which obviously can be a pretty big problem.

There are several safety steps drivers can take when it comes to dealing with sun glare on the roads.

For one, they can take actions before they take to the roads to ensure their vision isn’t needlessly reduced, such as clearing the dashboard of any items that could block the view of the road and making sure their car windshield is clean. That way, if they do encounter sun glare, they aren’t also having to deal with other road vision impairments.

Also, there are certain things drivers can do to try to reduce the effects of sun glare on their vision, such as using the sun visor in their car or wearing polarized sun glasses.

Another thing that can be a useful safety step in sun glare conditions is for a driver to turn the headlights of their vehicle on. This can help make their vehicle more visible to others.

Additionally, it can be very good idea to exercise special care when driving when facing sun glare. This includes reducing speed, giving extra space to other vehicles and keeping very close attention to one’s surroundings.

Motor Vehicle Crash Causes

Not having good visibility on the roads could increase a driver’s chances of causing a motor vehicle crash and hurting others. Thus, it is very important for drivers to take proper steps to maximize their road vision, to not do careless things that could cut down on such vision and to be very careful when driving in conditions where visibility can be impaired, like sun glare.

When a person is hurt by a driver engaging in unsafe conduct, there may be legal claims the injured person can bring against the driver.

Source: AAA Exchange, “Dangers of Driving Into Sun,” Accessed Feb. 27, 2015