The sun reflecting off other vehicles or buildings can temporarily blind drivers making it impossible to navigate safely. These sun glares can be dangerous and unavoidable. You cannot control the sun any more than you can control the rain. However, there are things you can do to decrease the effects of bright sunlight while driving.
Tips for Decreasing Sun Glare While Driving
- Wear a good pair of sunglasses. Not all sunglasses are the same. Look for a pair of sunglasses that blocks both UVA and UVB light. Put your sunglasses on before you begin driving to avoid fumbling to search for glasses while driving. If you wear prescription glasses, make sure that you update your sunglasses each time your prescription changes.
- Use the vehicle’s visors for added protection. In addition to wearing your sunglasses, use the visors to block potential sun glares. Rotate the visor from the front to the side as necessary. Just make sure that the visor does not obstruct your view to see oncoming traffic or other objects.
- Clean the windshield. Dirt, grime, smudges, and haze can make sun glare even worse. Keeping your windshield clean can reduce the impact of sun glare. Keep cleaning supplies with you in the vehicle in case you need to clean your windshield during a trip.
- Keep your dashboard clutter-free. Objects on the dashboard can reflect the sun’s light into your eyes while driving. Do not sit items on your dashboard while driving to reduce the risk of a dangerous sun glare.
- Slow down and avoid tailgating. You never know when a sun glare may occur and the sunlight could temporarily blind you. Slowing down and putting more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you can help you avoid an accident. In fact, you should never tailgate because it is dangerous for you and others using the road.
- Turn on your headlights. Some newer vehicle models have “running” or “daytime” lights that remain on whenever the vehicle is running. The intent is to make the vehicle more visible during daylight hours. If your vehicle does not have automatic daytime lights, turn on your headlights to make it easier for other drivers to see your vehicle.
By taking safety precautions, you may not be able to predict or prevent a sun glare, but you may be able to reduce the effect to avoid a traffic accident.
Call a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney for Help
If you are injured in a traffic accident that is not your fault, you may be entitled to payment for your damages. An insurance adjuster will not explain your legal rights. You need an experienced NoLA personal injury attorney who handles car accidents to advise you on your rights and options for filing an injury claim.
For a free consultation, call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889. During your free no-obligation case evaluation with a New Orleans accident attorney, you will learn about your rights as an accident victim and how we can help you recover money to pay your medical bills and replace lost income.