Driving on a beautiful sunny day can provide the perfect backdrop, but it can also cause hazardous conditions if the driver’s view is obstructed by the glaring sun.
Sun glare can be experienced throughout the day, although it’s more common in peak hour times, especially around sunrise and sunset.
These conditions reduce visibility making it harder to see the road ahead or any potential hazards, which can create added risks for drivers.
Here are some tips when driving in sunny conditions:
Give yourself some space
When the sun is in your eyes it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing. Slow down if you need to and leave some space between you and the next vehicle.
Turn your headlights on
Turning on your headlights also helps to improve the visibility of your vehicle by other road users.
Invest in a pair of decent sunglasses
Look for a lens category of at least 2 or preferably 3. Category 3 lenses provide a good level of UV protection and a high level of sun glare reduction.
If you use prescription glasses to improve your eyesight, consider additional lens treatments from Specsavers such as Driving Tint and Drivewear which help to improve contrast and sharpens vision behind the wheel.
Keep your windscreen clean
A dirty or dusty windscreen can make vision worse so it’s important to clean before the trip. Don’t forget to also keep an eye on your wiper blades (see video from NRMA car servicing below) and replace if they begin to streak as this can make visibility worse.
Use your sun visor
The sun visor is designed to keep the sun out of the driver’s and passenger’s eyes. They were introduced in 1924 on the Ford Model T and now come standard on most vehicles.
Making some of these adjustments will help minimise risk during less than perfect visual conditions.
NRMA Members who need advice on all things motoring can call NRMA’s Motoring Advice line on 13 11 22 from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5pm.