Sunglasses are the bane of my existence in the summer. I am constantly losing them under the passenger seat, leaving them at the beach or finding them grubbed up by toddler fingers.
But they are a lifesaver on those super sunny days that are on their way this summer, so I load up on extra pairs and try to keep them right by my side when I get in the car.
With June in full swing, the sun’s rays are already hitting our windshields hard. What many fail to realize is that the sun’s strong glare causes problems while behind the wheel. Driving into the sun can make it much harder to see ahead and adds risk for motorists and pedestrians. Read on for tips on how to handle the sun’s glare while driving.
Just after sunrise and before sunset, the sun will shine directly into drivers’ eyes, leaving many motorists driving with a glare. So how can you protect yourself and others? AAA offers these tips for motorists when driving into the sun:
- Invest in polarized sunglasses – they can help reduce glare. Save on a new pair at Hobie.
- Utilize your sun visor – it can help to block out the sun.
- Leave more following room – when the sun is in your eyes, it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing. This is one more time when it pays to leave more room between you and the next vehicle.
- Drive with your headlights on to increase your visibility to other drivers.
- Keep your windshield clean, inside and out.
- Check your windshield for pitting and cracks.
- Slow down and use extra caution, especially while driving through school zones.
- Avoid storing papers or other items on the dashboard.
- If having a difficult time seeing the road, use lane markings to help guide you.
- If driving on a two-way road, be careful of approaching traffic.
Rarely will visibility be absolutely perfect, but if you are aware of the sun’s risks and make the proper adjustments, they can minimize any additional hazards that come with less-than-optimal visual conditions. The change in weather will also bring more children and pedestrians out onto the streets, so be wary of them when on the road.
For more tips on safe driving, visit AAA.com/Safety.