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Sun Glare Driving Safety

Last updated on May 16th, 2017 at 02:42 pm

The other day, I was out for a drive on a road near my house. It was a road I hadn’t been down before and it turned briefly to the east. Until that moment my drive had been uneventful, but I felt panic jump-start my heart when my windshield suddenly whited-out from the intense sun glare.

Fortunately, I had been driving slightly below the speed limit, because the driver in front of me slammed on his brakes when faced with the same sudden sun-blindness. An early morning accident was very narrowly averted!

Luxuriant, plentiful sunshine is the hallmark of summer. But all those rays do have a downside. Most sun glare accidents happen in the early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is on the horizon and little protection is offered by a car’s sun visor. Unfortunately, these times coincide perfectly with rush hour, making accidents even more likely.

Just as wearing sunscreen becomes especially important during the summer months, there are a few steps you can take to help protect yourself from sun glare. Here are some tips for sun glare driving safety:

  • Observe speed limits; remember that the maximum posted speed is for driving in ideal conditions.
  • Keep to a space of at least a four to five second following distance. If the vehicle suddenly brakes ahead of you, you’ll have a longer distance to stop and avoid a collision altogether.
  • Keep your windshield in good condition and make sure it is clean on both the outside and inside. A dirty windshield can behave like a prism when the sunlight hits it, worsening the effect of the glare.
  • Use sunglasses and/or the vehicle’s sun visor.
  • If the glare is particularly bad due to a sunrise or sunset, pull over to a safer location and wait for the sun to rise or set.

Glare, though it can suddenly blind you, should never come as a surprise like it did for me.  Have you ever been surprised by sun glare on the road? Plymouth Rock Assurance wants to know if you have other tips for dealing with sun glare?

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