Blinded by the light, the summer sun’s glare. While it can be beautiful it can also be a big driving hazard. While it is commonly known that rain, ice and other inclement weather pose a danger to drivers, many drivers overlook the negative impact of common glare. 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 ways to compensate:
- 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.
For the inside of your car of course you flip down the visor when the glare gets bad, but try to push it forward as high as you can while still blocking the sun. Some visors have mini-visors that slide out from the inside. These are designed to fill gaps that might occur if the sun is coming in from a different angle.
Did you ever think about the outside “visor”. There are many types of aftermarket visors that you can buy and they can reduce a lot of glare without completely blocking your view. Most are adjustable in a number of ways and you can still see through them because they are made out of tinted “see through” plastic. You can also have the visors painted to match the color of your vehicle. You might have seen some of these. Some older trucks may have a moon visor, they featured recessed running lights for added safety at night. More common today are your exterior sun visors. These visors have an obvious functional purpose of helping to shade the vehicle passengers from the overhead rays of the sun. However, the increased popularity of these visors also can be attributed to a consumer desire to improve the vehicle appearance and styling.