Got an early commute? Heading off for a drive in the evening? Either way, these lovely summer days present a familiar hazard to drivers in California. The sun glare can be fierce — and that can make it particularly difficult for drivers who are stuck driving into the sun during the early morning or at sunset.
Since the last thing you want to do is to spoil your day with a car accident, it’s smart to think ahead. Here are some tips that can help you avoid a problem:
- Clean out your visor and use it. If you’re one of those people who constantly stuff receipts above your visor, clear them out so you can drop the visor whenever necessary. That can help block out the brightest part of the sun as you travel.
- Make sure your windshield is in good shape. Dirt, chips and cracks can cause refraction that makes the glare from the sun even worse, so you want to eliminate those as much as possible.
- Invest in some polarized sunglasses. If you normally wear glasses, get clip-ons that you can wear in your car, if nowhere else. They won’t eliminate glare entirely, but it will help your eyes handle the strain.
- Flip on your headlights. This isn’t for you so much as for other drivers. Your lights make you more visible in the daylight, which is important if the glare causes you to weave over the center line.
- Slow down. You need to give other drivers more space. They may also be struggling with the glare — which could lead to sudden stops. Increase your following distance so that you don’t accidentally rear-end someone.
There’s always the possibility that some other poor driver who is blinded by the sun will end up causing an accident. If you’re injured, focus on your injuries first. Later, you can find out more about your potential right to compensation for your losses.