Blame it on the autumnal equinox if you’d like which is right around the corner, but we are right in the middle of the worst month for sun glare accidents.
Experts say it’s much easier to be blinded by sun glares through your windshield when the Earth’s axis is at a 90-degree angle with the sun. That translates into the worst month for glare-related crashes, which are about three times higher than normal in September. It can be especially challenging during the evening rush hour and morning commutes.
It’s pretty simple to prepare yourself for potentially challenging sun glare – here are a few tips:
Sun glare can be a problem at any time of the day, but it’s typically worst during the late afternoon and early morning hours. If you can avoid driving at these times, it certainly helps.
Drive Defensively and Leave More Space
Since your visibility is somewhat limited, it’s important to slow down and leave more following space between other vehicles. Try leaving double the space between cars from how you would normally drive
Good Quality Sunglasses
Pass on buying the dollar store sunglasses and invest in a good pair with polarized lenses. These are designed to eliminate sun glare, which improves your ability to see. Leave a good pair in your car so you always have them.
Keep Your Windshield Clear
It’s difficult enough to drive when the sun is glaring in your eyes. If your windshield is dirty, it can amplify the reflection, thus causing even more trouble. Keep your cleaning fluid full, and a cleaning rag in the trunk of your vehicle.
Unfortunately, other drivers may not take as much caution but instead will squint their eyes and hope for the best. Sun glare accidents can happen, even if you take all these precautions. Please be smart and responsible!
If you have questions about a recent accident or injury, don’t hesitate to contact our team at www.cordiscosaile.com.