Traveling in a direction that faces the sun is inevitable, and when it is shining directly in your eyes, driving can be a challenge. Most drivers have experienced the blinding rays and glare in their line of vision. Whether you are on your way to work in the morning or going out on your evening adventures — here are some tips that will help you.
Keep your windshield clean: Don’t just clean your windshield on the outside, dust can collect on the inside as well, making the glare from the sun even worse. Check your windshield for cracks or small pits in the surface.
Check your defrost system and windshield wipers: Frost and condensation from dew can make driving in the morning challenging. Check to make sure your car is equipped to clear your windshield.
Use your sun visor: While this may not help you when the sun is directly on the horizon, it is beneficial when the sun is slightly higher in the sky. Consider researching sun visor extensions to get more coverage across your line of vision.
Sunglasses: Your car comes equipped with sun visors, why shouldn’t you? Invest in sunglasses that not only look cool, but hep reduce glare.
Allow more space between vehicles: Driving with the sun directly in your line of sight can make it harder to see what is in front of you. Allowing for more distance can give you more room to stop.
Use your headlights: You can increase the chances of other motorists seeing you by driving with your headlights on.
Pay special attention at crosswalks: Double check each side of the road when you approach crosswalks and intersections. Look for shadows or any sign of movement before proceeding.
Use the road markings to help: If all these tips still leave you blindsided, look at the lines along the road or other visual cues.
Be prepared and stop in a safe location for a while when necessary — it’s better to arrive late than not at all.