The summer months tend to result in many sunny days in Colorado. While colder temperatures, snow and ice can increase accident risks, it’s important not to underprepare for the hazards brought about by the summer.
One of the most notable hazards is the glare that the sun produces. If you make direct eye contact with the sun, it can temporarily blind you. This isn’t a position you want to be in, especially on the road. Outlined below are a few ways that you can deal with the sun’s glare while driving.
One of the most important aspects of road safety is being able to see where you are going at all times. On sunny days, this is a lot easier said than done. One of the first things you may want to consider is investing in a set of anti-glare sunglasses. You’ll want to choose a pair based on practicality rather than fashion, as non-functional glasses can actually make glare-related concerns worse.
The next thing you should consider is using your sun visors. All vehicles have these installed and they are usually located just above the driver’s head. Pulling a sun visor down should, at least partially, block the sun’s glare.
The consensus recommendation for following distances is 3 seconds. This means that if the vehicle in front of you has stopped, it should take you 3 seconds to reach the vehicle’s rear bumper. On sunny days, you may even consider increasing this following distance a little if possible. This will allow you more time to break if you need to without running the risk of hitting the car in front of you.
Even if you take the above steps, you can’t guarantee that others will. Accidents happen all the time, and even the safest of drivers may be involved in crashes. If you have been injured by another’s negligence, be sure to look into your legal options.