Even though summer is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean that you won’t see the sun again until next year. In fact, sun glare is often at its worst during the fall and winter months.
As a driver, you must prepare yourself for sun glare, as you could find yourself dealing with this at many times of the day (especially in the morning and evening).
Here are some of the best ways to improve visibility when the sun is staring you in the face:
- Use your sun visor to block out the sun
- Wear sunglasses
- Remove all items from your dashboard, especially those that could reflect the sun
- Use your headlights to increase visibility to others on the road
- Leave a greater following distance
- Keep your windshield as clean as possible
- Replace your windshield if there are any cracks that magnify sun glare
- Use lane markers to help guide you if visibility is limited
Even if conditions are perfect, sun glare could become a problem. If you follow these tips, it’s easier to remain safe. In the event that you don’t feel comfortable driving, move your vehicle to safety and wait for the sun to move to a different position in the sky.
If another driver strikes your vehicle as the result of sun glare, pull to the side of the road, check yourself for injuries and call 911. While you focus on your health, you can be sure that the responding officer will create a report.
Once you receive treatment, contact your insurance company, read the police report and do whatever you can to protect your legal rights.