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How to stay safe when driving in direct sunlight

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2018 | Car Accidents

Driving in direct sunlight can increase the risk for a fatal auto accident by 16 percent. The rays can create visual illusions, hurt drivers’ eyes and even slow their reaction times. This is why drivers in New Jersey who go out in the early mornings or late afternoons need to know how they can keep themselves safe.

First and foremost, drivers have sun visors to block the sun when it’s shining on the front windshield or side windows. These are very effective because they’re designed to not hinder visibility. Even better are sunglasses because they reduce the brightness and protect the eyes from dangerous UV rays. A driver should have a pair of sunglasses in their car at all times.

When out on the road during bright environments, drivers are advised to keep safe distances from the vehicles in front of them. If the rays start to hurt their eyes or impede driving in any other way, drivers should consider exiting the road and waiting for the sun to reposition. When possible, drivers should not even head out in bright sunlight.

The last tip is optional since it may cost a few hundred dollars to follow: it’s installing window tinting. A specialty auto repair shop could do an expert job, ensuring that the tinting complies with state regulations.

Drivers are responsible for staying safe regardless of weather conditions, so when they cause car accidents because they are temporarily blinded by the sun, they will be at fault. A victim who wishes to pursue a claim against a negligent driver might want to speak with a lawyer. Legal counsel could strengthen a case and handle all negotiations.