When people in Mississippi get behind the wheel for their morning or evening commute, they may face a surprising danger: the rising or setting sun. People do not often think of the sun as a problem for drivers, but extremely bright sunlight can make it difficult to see. The excessive sun glare associated with those times of day can block drivers’ visibility, leading to traffic snarls and even dangerous crashes. Serious car accidents are 16 percent more common in bright sunlight than in average weather. However, drivers can follow certain guidelines to help make driving in bright sunlight safer for themselves and others on the road.
The built-in sun visors in most passenger cars and trucks can help to fight off the worst sun glare. They can be adjusted to block light coming through the front windshield or the side windows, and they are designed not to block a driver’s visibility. In addition, keeping a pair of sunglasses in the car can be a great backup. Sunglasses help filter out the most extreme glare from the sun while protecting driver’s eyes.
In addition, drivers can take care to avoid situations that lead to serious car accidents. It’s important to maintain a proper following distance in bright sunlight because the sun can worsen drivers’ reaction times. Tailgating can easily lead to a rear-end crash. In addition, by postponing or moving up their commute by only a few minutes, drivers may be able to avoid the most extreme sunlight.
Drivers can also make the situation worse; the effect of distracted or drunk driving could be magnified in poor visibility conditions. When people are injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligent driving, you will want to work with the office of George B. Ready to seek compensation for their damages, including medical bills and lost wages.