Sun glare is a hazard for all drivers, at times leading to serious car crashes.
When sight is impaired, a driver is at risk. A vast majority of sun glare accidents occur in intersections and result from blinded drivers who fail to see other drivers or traffic control devices.
Car Accidents Caused by Sun Glare
- A driver is unable to see a traffic light or stop sign and collides with another motor vehicle in the intersection. At high speeds, these accidents can be fatal.
- A driver is unable to see the lane position or the road itself and may drift from the lane. This could cause a side sweep accident or a head-on collision.
- Sun glare can make it difficult for a driver to see other cars on the road, leading to blind spot accidents.
- Sun glare affects a driver’s ability to see the tail lights of the vehicle in front, leading to a rear-end collision when the lead vehicle comes to a stop or slows down.
- A driver fails to notice oncoming traffic and makes a left turn.
- A driver fails to see pedestrians or bicyclists at an intersection.
Sun Glare Is Worst During Rush Hour
It is important to note that sun glare is worst during morning and evening rush hours. During these times, the sun is low and towards the horizon and its angle toward the earth is such that it becomes a hazard to drivers. Here are some tips that will help you avoid accidents caused by sun glare:
- Avoid driving when the windshield is dirty as it can amplify the effect of sun glare. Clean the windows and windshield often and check the windshield fluid level to make sure you do not run out of it when you need it the most.
- Wear sunglasses that have anti-glare properties. This will not just protect you from glare but also from the harmful effects of UV rays.
- Do not look directly into the sun or a reflective surface or object.
- Remember, sun glare is a concern not only during the summer but winter as well. Snow accumulation can also cause glare.
- If glare seems to be obstructing your view, slow down so that you have time to react in case a pedestrian or another vehicle appears in front of you.