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How to deal with glare on SA’s roads

Posted: August 11, 2017

all love a great sunrise and sunset, however when it comes to it glaring at you straight in your face when driving, this isn’t such a great idea. This can pose a potential risk to you and your passengers. In a case where you find yourself driving and the glare is unbearable, here are a few tips to follow for safety reasons, especially if you travel in high foot traffic areas such as schools and road crossings.

Invest in a good pair of polarized sunglasses or anti-glare prescription glasses and make use of your visor. When driving be sure to keep a safe travelling distance between you and the vehicles in front of you. When the sun is glaring in your face it is hard to see what is happening We ahead of you. A good thing to keep in mind when driving, in order for other drivers to see you properly, is to drive with your headlights on. Try keep your windscreen as clean as possible, a dirty windscreen limit your vision adding to the glare. Keep your dashboard free of clutter; try keeping a clean visual in front of you. If you are struggling to see ahead of you, it is best to reduce your speed and use the road markings as a guide to help you.

If you really cannot see and don’t have the right eyewear, pull over safely and wait for the sun to move in a direction that doesn’t obstruct your vision. If you are on the highway slow down carefully, don’t brake suddenly. To avoid the sun being directly in your face you can alternatively change your travel route.

Follow these steps the next time your find the sun’s glare too strong to avoid finding yourself in an accident.