Here are 10 quick tips to help you deal with the sun while driving:
- Use polarised sunglasses or anti-glare prescription glasses.
- Use not only your visor, but the extendable visor available on some vehicles.
- Keep a safe following distance. When the sun is directly in your face, it’s difficult to see what is happening ahead. Drive with your headlights on to make yourself more visible to oncoming traffic, as well as from behind.
- Ensure your windshield is clean. If you are struggling to see through it without the sun in your eyes, it will be even more difficult with the sun. Think before hitting the washer, as this may worsen your visibility. Check your wipers to ensure they are in perfect working condition.
- Keep your dashboard free of clutter.
- If you are struggling to see ahead, reduce your speed, and use the road markings as a guide to help you.
- If possible, pull over and wait for the sun to move.
- Don’t brake suddenly on the highway, slow down carefully.
- Change your travel time the next day, if possible, to avoid the sun being directly in your face.
- Consider using alternative routes to cut down on east/west travel, thereby cutting down on the sun being directly in your face.
(Issued by AA)