Thursday, July 30, 2009

Protect Against Sun Glare

Protect Against Sun Glare

Sunglasses may be a popular fashion accessory, but they are also essential for safer driving in dazzling conditions. Motorists who drive directly into the sunlight may experience temporary blindness, risking their own safety and the safety of others.

Sun glare exposure is especially hazardous in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is on the horizon. Wearing protective eyewear helps reduce glare and potentially avoid a collision.

Sunglasses should feature polarized lenses to reduce glare and lenses with UV protection to protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.

The Vision Council of America offers additional tips for motorists to help reduce the dangers of sun glare:

  • Drive cautiously and leave a proper distance to ensure ample reaction time.
  • Make it a habit to lower visors, to help block some of the reflected light.
  • When possible, take an alternate route lined with trees or tall buildings in lieu of one with extreme glare.
  • Avoid using high-gloss vinyl cleansers on dashboards.
  • Keep the vehicle windshield clean and the windshield washer fluid reservoir full.
  • Turn on headlights to reduce the possible poor visibility of oncoming drivers.


  1. I have actual nightmares about being blinded in traffic! The sunglasses go everwhere with me, and I've been known to change lanes and deteur simply to avoid the painful glare on the chrome of the car ahead of me.

  2. I am glad that you found this useful!