Tips for Driving With Sun Glare

Summer travel means driving in plenty of sunshine. Depending on the angle of the sun’s rays, glare from the sun can make driving difficult on both sunny or overcast days, and can be especially bothersome during sunrise or sunset.

About 90% of the decisions we make behind the wheel, comes through our vision. Unobstructed vision is key to safe driving. When driving into the sun, you could run into problems with a dirty windshield, or a windshield with pits or cracks – which can behave like a prism, affecting vision, giving off a kaleidoscope effect.

Here are some tips to help you avoid sun glare:

  • Keep your windshield clean, inside (at least once a month) and out. Many company drivers clean the outside windshield on a regular basis but tend to neglect the inside.
  • Check your windshield for pitting and cracks.
  • To help others see you, drive with your headlights on, signal all your intentions, and make sure all lights are clean and visible.
  • Increase your following distance to at least 4 or 5 seconds.
  • Drive to conditions – remember the maximum posted speed is under ideal conditions.
  • Wear good quality sunglasses.
  • If the glare is really bad (which can be the case at sunrise or sunset) – pull over someplace safe, and wait a couple of minutes for the sun to rise or set.
  • Use your sun visor – it can help to block out the sun.

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I am a Fleet Safety Operations Manager with 30 years of experience teaching traffic safety across five provinces, and in four countries. Outside of work, I am an avid traveller, a fervent Flames fan, and a Mustang enthusiast.