Many drivers associate sunny weather with good driving conditions. Although driving at night is certainly more dangerous, daytime driving comes with its own risks.
Sun glare, in particular, contributes to a significant number of injury accidents. It is particularly hazardous in the early morning and late afternoon.
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to avoid crashes related to sun glare. These include:
- Cleaning your windshield;
- Checking your wiper blades;
- Using your sun visor;
- Wearing polarized glasses;
- And reducing your speed.
Sun glare can be deadly when combined with negligent driving. If you were injured due to another motorist’s reckless behavior in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC.
An Alexandria injury attorney can evaluate your accident, gather evidence, talk to witnesses and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. You may be entitled to damages for health-care bills, time off work and other losses.
Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation. Until then, here are four tips that can help you avoid crashes related to sun glare:
Clean Your Windshield
The most important step you can take to reduce sun glare is to clean both the inside and outside of your windshield. Start by washing the outside with plain water to remove dirt. Then, lift your wipers and clean the blades with a cloth. Be sure to wipe where the blades rest against the glass.
Use soap to clean the windshield thoroughly. Start at the top and move downward. Rinse the windshield with water, and use a rubber blade to remove excess moisture if necessary. Dry the window carefully with a lint-free cloth.
It is equally important to wash the inside of the windshield. Use a soft cloth and window cleaner to make sure there are no marks that may refract incoming sunlight.
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Check Your Wiper Blades
If your vehicle’s wiper blades are dirty or in poor condition, they will not keep the window clean. Wash your blades regularly, and examine them for signs of wear and tear. Replace them immediately if you notice cracks in the rubber. Also, make sure your windshield fluid reservoir is full.
Use Your Vehicle’s Sun Visor and Wear Polarized Glasses
Most vehicles have visors that you can use to block the sun’s glare when it is low on the horizon. Combining these with a pair of high-quality, polarized sunglasses will improve your safety.
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Reduce Your Speed
If you round a corner or drive over a steep hill in sunny conditions, you should expect to face bright sunlight. Do not panic and come to an abrupt stop. Remember that the vehicles behind you may also have difficulty seeing.
Reduce your speed slowly and do not make sudden movements. Use the lines on the side of the road to maintain your trajectory.
If you were injured due to another driver’s negligence, contact an accident attorney from Morris Bart, LLC. We will help you navigate the claims process and aggressively fight for the highest possible payout. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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