Driving to and from work in the early hours of a winter morning is a daily routine for many South Africans, but one underestimated hazard is sun glare. It’s a nuisance, but a very significant road hazard that causes approximately 9000 accidents every year.

 Why Is Sun Glare Worse In Winter?

During winter, the sun’s position causes its rays to hit the earth at a lower angle. In the summer months, the sun is angled higher in the sky so it’s never in a blinding position for as long as it is in winter. When the sun is low on the horizon at sunrise and sunset when we’re all out on the roads, its rays can strike directly in a driver’s eyes, causing temporary blindness, which can cause a crash out of nowhere. It ranks as the second most common environmental cause of crashes, just behind slippery roads.

5 Tips to Avoid Sun Glare When Driving

With the right precautions, you can significantly reduce your risk of accidents caused by sun glare. Here’s how:

  • Keep your windshield clean: Make sure both the inside and outside of your windshield are free from dust and grime. A dirty windshield can scatter the sun’s rays, making it harder to see.
  • Wear your sunglasses: High-quality polarised sunglasses can significantly reduce sun glare and protect your eyes.
  • Turn on your lights: During winter, turning on your headlights can also be very helpful during early morning and sunset drives. This will assist other drivers to see you better.
  • Keep a safe following distance: Give yourself enough space between your car and the vehicle ahead of you – this will give you more time to react if visibility is impaired by sun glare.
  • Plan your route: If possible, choose routes with taller buildings or trees on the way to work to block direct sunlight.

Stay protected with an accidentANGELS road accident plan

While these tips can help manage that distracting and irritating sun glare this winter, accidents still happen. Another way to ensure you stay protected is by signing up with accidentANGELS. We guarantee private hospitalisation after a road accident, ensuring you receive quality healthcare when you need it most.

Stay vigilant, drive safely, and protect yourself and your loved ones. Check out our affordable personal and family motor vehicle accident plans right here.

Angel in Charge,
Trevor Case

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