Simple Precautions for Driving in the Sun

Three times this week, a driver has said that the brightness of the sun was a factor in a car accident; but is that a legitimate excuse?

It is unusual for incidents like that to happen so close together, but not out of probability, according to Dr. Philip Rhoades of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The worst times are when the sun rises and sets. That is when you are going to get the most direct eye-level sun rays. How direct they are can vary, and depends on the height of your vehicle.

This time of year, people tend to have a routine time period when they are driving, like taking people to school or to and from work; and because people are set in their routines, when the seasons change, the sun can be in their eyes suddenly at times when they are not expecting it.

There are certain precautions people can take to mitigate the risk of being distracted by the sun, such as using your visor well, wearing sunglasses and not looking directly at the sun, because your eyes will be blasted and it will take time for your good vision to come back.

They may sound like simple things, but they can make a big difference.


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