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Tips for safe driving in bright sunlight

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2018 | Car Accidents

The following are a few proven safety tips that drivers in West Virginia can consider the next time they are traveling in direct sunlight. The early mornings and late afternoons are especially dangerous as the brightness of the rising or setting sun can cause visual illusions. Individuals raise their risk of a life-threatening accident by 16 percent when driving in such conditions.

Drivers should therefore avoid heading out when the sun is at its brightest. If they cannot avoid it, they could try waiting a few minutes until the sun has completely risen or set below the horizon. If the rays hurt their eyes or impede their driving in any other way, drivers can exit the road and wait 10 or 15 minutes for the sun to reposition. Keeping a greater distance from the car in front is also essential as bright sunlight reduces reaction times.

Most importantly, drivers should consider buying a pair of sunglasses and keeping them in the vehicle. Sunglasses will reduce the brightness of the rays and even protect the eyes from harmful UV rays. Drivers should also use the sun visor when the rays hit the front windshield or side windows. Lastly, they could have their windows tinted. A specialty auto repair shop can install the plastic film over the windows in accord with state regulations.

No matter how bright the sun is, drivers are responsible for their actions; if they cause a car crash, they may be held liable, and their auto insurance provider could face a personal injury claim. Victims might seek compensation for their vehicle repair costs, medical expenses, lost income and other legitimate losses. Their lawyer may be able to bring in investigators to strengthen the case with proof before proceeding to negotiations.