We all know that weather like sleet, snow, and rain can cause dangerous road conditions, but few people take into account just how dangerous sun can be at certain times of the day. If you have ever driven around sunrise or sunset, you probably have experienced the temporary blindness while driving caused by sun glare. It should be no surprise, therefore, that sun glare contributes to many accidents every year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sun glare is the main cause of only a few hundred accidents in the United States every year; however, this figure has been estimated to be widely under-reported by road safety organizations like AAA. That’s because sun glare accidents rarely have the sun as a sole cause. More commonly, the sun temporarily blinds the driver to a hazard they could have otherwise avoided, such as a pedestrian or sudden curve in the road, or to road signals, such as stop signs, that are then ignored. This can cause horrible accidents that damage cars and injure pedestrians.
This time of year, sun glare can be particularly dangerous. During the spring and fall, sun glare accidents are most common, especially at sunrise and sunset. If you must be on the road when glare can get into your eyes, it is important to take extra precautions against the risks posed by the sun. The following tips can help you protect yourself from temporary sun blindness while driving:
If you follow these tips, you may not be able to avoid sun glare altogether, but you are much more likely to prevent sun glare accidents. Take extra precautions with sun glare just as you would in inclement weather. A pretty day doesn’t always make for good driving.