Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Sun Dangers

It's beautiful weather outside, your vehicle a/c is working perfectly, there isn't hardly any traffic on the road, how could you not be safe and comfortable as you drive home?  One risk factor you may not have anticipated (especially if you are a new driver) is the sun!

There are more dangers from the sun while driving than just a sun-burnt arm from hanging out the window.  Light can reflect off just about anything, whether it's in your car or not.  Sometimes you can remove the offending object, but sometimes not.  The light from the sun makes it hard to see when you are driving towards it, during the sunrise, or sunset.  There are also times when your back is to the sun, but you still have a hard time discerning what color the traffic light is.

Unfortunately, everyone will have the opportunity to drive with less than desirable sunlight.  Here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe as you battle the sun:

  • Use the vehicle's visor.  This can help protect your eyes from direct sunlight.
  • Wear sunglasses.  Keep them handy, and they will help cut out the glare of the sun.
  • Keep your dashboard and windshield clean.  This will help cut out unwanted and unsafe glares, and make it easier for you to see through the glass.
  • Increase your following distance, and decrease your speed.  These are just practical safety habits to keep you safe when the driving conditions are less than optimal.
  • Change your route.  If possible, change the direction you are driving to a route without the glare.
Summer is the time of year when everyone wants to be outside and enjoy the warm weather.  Follow these helpful tips to continue enjoying the beautiful summer sun!

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