Dry summer weather brings the dual hazards of dusty,
dirty windscreens, and increased hours of sun.
Low morning and evening sun combined with wet roads is a hazardous combination that can lead to accidents. Because of this, the ChipsAway team have compiled a list of the most effective, easy to use tips to manage sun glare while driving.
- Slow down: the most important thing to do when sun glare is an issue is to slow down and leave a large gap between you and the car in front, especially while driving through pedestrianised areas or school zones. With visibility down and reaction times up, it’s important to give yourself the extra time to react and avoid a potential accident.
- The humble sun visor: Every driver’s go-to on a sunny day, but consider tilting your sun visor forward as high as you can while still blocking the sun. This helps keep your visibility to a maximum, particularly for traffic signals or other road signs. If you feel your visor never really does the job, it’s worth remembering that there are many types of easy to install aftermarket visors available. These can help block more sun while impeding your visibility less, often with the use of see through, anti-glare materials and adjustability.
- Don’t forget your sunglasses: Using sunglasses is a surprisingly effective way of countering glare in even the sunniest of conditions. Polarised lenses are a bonus, as they filter out even more glare, and have been popular for years among boaters and fishermen who need to reduce glare from water reflections.
- Dip your headlights: Though it might not be the first thing that springs to mind when faced with extreme sunlight, driving with dipped headlights in high-glare conditions can help increase your visibility to other drivers. Those lucky enough to have a newer car may already have this covered with always-on Daytime Running Lights (DRL), which do the same job.
Many newer cars are built with DRL as a standard safety feature,
often taking the form of a curved strip of LEDs under the main headlights.
- Spring clean your windscreen: Cleaning your windscreen inside and out can make a huge difference to glare levels, with dirt and grime amplifying the sun’s rays across your field of view. It may also be a good time to check your windscreen for chips and cracks, which can have a similar effect. Make sure your windscreen wipers are in good condition.
- Follow the marked lanes: If conditions are particularly challenging and you’re stuck without your sunglasses, use road markings to ensure that you are at least in the right lane – especially on the motorway. You’ll still need to make sure you’re leaving ample space between you in the car in front, but they can help as a useful guide in a pinch. If you are really struggling to see – always pull over safely until you feel you can continue driving in a safe way.
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