Here Comes the Sun…are You Ready to Drive With the Glare?

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips and Tricks on Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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5 Tips for Driving During Times of Excessive Sun Glare

With the spring season finally here, we can’t help but sing “Here comes the sun, doo-doo doo-doo…” with The Beatles. We are loving the longer days and brighter sunlight, but that extra sun can make driving a challenge if it is in front of us and causing excessive glare. We are happy to offer some tips to help you safely drive during times of excessive sun glare during the spring season.

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Tip #1: Timing is Everything

Sun glare on the morning commuteSun glare can occur in any season, but it seems like the first couple of hours after sunrise and before sunset cause the most problems. If possible, try to rearrange your schedule or travel plans to avoid the worst of the sun glare. Even half an hour can make a huge difference!

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Tip #2: Invest in a Great Pair of Sunglasses

No matter if your style is more Jackie O. or aviator, you can find a fashionable pair of sunglasses that will help reduce that sun glare. If you require prescription glasses for driving, clip-on sunglass lenses are easily available – or talk to your optometrist about transition lenses or prescription sunglasses.

Tip #3: Use the Visor in Your Vehicle

All vehicles are outfitted with sun visors, and they are extremely helpful with reducing that glare when they are flipped down! However, we have seen the #shortpersonproblem meme going around on social media where some drivers lament about being too short for that visor to be helpful when the sun is in a certain position. We totally understand! Luckily, visor extenders are available at many big box stores and online retailers.

Tip #4: Wash Your Windshield

Pollen, dirt, bug guts, and bird droppings can accumulate on your windshield and seriously reduce your visibility. Add sun glare into the mix and it just gets worse! Wash your vehicle’s windshield inside and out to enjoy a crystal-clear view.

Tip #5: Give Yourself Plenty of Following Space

If the sun’s glare is preventing you from clearly seeing the vehicle in front of you, err on the side of caution by allowing for extra following space to avoid a possible collision. And take things nice and slow.

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