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8 smart tips to beat sunshine glare

2014-06-20 11:07

DON'T BECOME A VICTIM: Looking at this image makes you eyes sore? Imagine driving towards that sunlight glare. Check out the eight tips. Image: Shutterstock

Sunlight glare... according to an AA report the glare of the setting (or rising! - Editor) sun during rush hours is responsible for nearly 3000 road incidents a year as drivers are temporarily blinded by the sun on the windscreen.

1st for Women managing director Robyn Farrell said: “The South African Automobile Association agrees that dangerous conditions are caused by glare resulting from intense sunlight reflected from the road, bonnet, windscreen or facia of cars.

"This danger is particularly high at this time of year as the sun sets just as most drivers are heading home from work."

DISTANCE PERCEPTION PROBLEMS

The glare appears from behind trees or buildings, or by reflection. Blind spots created by sun glare and the distance perception problems that creates is the cause of many crashes. Driving towards the sun can also block peripheral vision and cause sudden moments of blindness as the sun peeks out from behind approaching objects.
 
Drivers need to be vigilant for joggers, dog-walkers and pedestrians as such road-users are almost twice as likely to be killed or seriously injured by traffic if they are not facing oncoming traffic.
 
Eight tips to combat glare:
 
  1 Keep your windscreen clean – inside and out
  2 A light-coloured facia can be reflective
  3 Plan your travel to avoid glare
  4 Slow down when when driving towards the sunset
  5 Anticipate the effect of glare on you and other drivers
  6 Avoid overtaking into low sunlight
  8 Wear sunglasses that are dark enough to cut the glare.

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