Now we’re into early October, the nights are drawing in and the sun hangs low, especially in the morning and early evening.
Experts from QUOTE DEVIL has revealed the dangers of driving in Ireland when the sun is low and bright, sharing 6 top tips to help you drive safely this Autumn.
Use your sun visor
Your sun visor is designed to block the sun and shade your eyes from sunlight glare. To ensure maximum coverage, bring your passenger side down too for extra protection.
The sun visor in your car can’t block light coming from all angles. The only way to ensure your entire vision is protected is to wear sunglasses in brighter weather. Making sure your glasses are polarised so you can also eliminate glare caused by bright lights.
Make sure your windscreen is clean
Dirt, debris and even watermarks can be magnified when there is a high glare on them, which is dangerous when driving. Ensure your windshield is clean and you have enough screenwash for your journey to reduce the risk of obstructions to your vision.
Leave later if you can
As the sun rises later, if you can delay leaving early in the morning to avoid the low glare this can help you avoid the worst of the low sun
Be aware of other road users
Don’t forget that other drivers will be experiencing the same issues as you but may not drive safely. Increase braking distance as other drivers may decelerate suddenly if they become dazed. Stay alert and be cautious, driving slowly to reduce the risk of accidents.
Try tinted windows
A more expensive solution could be to have tinted windows added to your car. Tinted windows will stop glare and block 90% or more of harmful UV rays while also significantly reducing heat which can be beneficial later in the year. Keep in mind though that front side windows must have a light transmission or transparency level of at least 65%.