- Kent School District
Sun Glare Safety Tips
With many of us commuting to and from work at dawn and dusk this time of year, it is important that you take as many precautions as possible to keep safe on the road.
We all know driving into the sun and glare is dangerous.
The main issue with driving at dawn or dusk is its effect on our vision. Here are just a few of the hazards it can pose:
- The sun's light angle at these times is low, thus it can shine directly into your eye while you are driving, creating a glare. Usually, your vision becomes impaired, and your driving ability can suffer dramatically. Being mindful of potential hazards and leaving enough space between you and other vehicles is one way to mitigate the risk.
- Natural light is diminished, and often it doesn’t seem dark enough to turn on your headlights, so instead, turn them on and increase your visibility.
- During sunrise and sunset, many drivers are likely to have just woken up or are returning home after a long day-night shift. Fatigue has a severe effect on focus and reaction time, which is made worse by the position of the sun.
Here are some top tips about how to keep safe from the sun when you’re on the road!
Good sunglasses may not prevent the glare of the sun in your eyes completely, but they will help reduce it. Make sure you keep a pair in your car to access them easily and safely!
Use The Sun Visor
Use your visor, or sometimes your hand, to shield the sun.
Turn on Your Headlights
As strange as it is turning your headlights on as the sun is rising, it is a precaution to make sure you are seen more clearly by other vehicles, who also may be struggling to see because of the sun!
Other Tips to keep in mind
- Clean the inside and outside of your windows thoroughly. Those streaks make things even more challenging.
- Lower your speed and stay aware
- Don’t stare at the sun, try to look to the side of the road down the horizon.
- Leave extra space between you and other vehicles. Did you know sunlight can even impact depth perception? Please give yourself and those around you plenty of room.
- Pull over in a safe place if the glare is too much and wait 15 minutes. Running 10 minutes late is worth it if your sight is protected!
Drive safe, KSD!