In the Dallas area, it always seems to me that the sun lines up with the streets about this time of year. And I’ve never had a car with sun visors up to the task of blocking the sun in the early morning or late afternoon. So sun glare is always a problem for me and, according to radio traffic reports, it’s a problem for most drivers.
Here are a few tips to help you deal with sun glare, any time of year.
Plan Ahead for Your Trip
Sun glare can be tough at any time, depending on your route, but it’s usually worst in the early morning and late afternoon drive times. Avoid these times if possible, and even better, plan your trip to go west in the morning and east in the afternoon.
Keep Your Windows Clean
It is important at all times of year to keep your car windows clean so your outward vision is not impaired. This is especially true of your windshield when driving into the sun’s glare. I try to keep my windshield cleaning fluid container topped off, and I use it frequently, taking care not to spray fluid on the cars around me.
For decades, I have worn photochromic or transitional lenses that darken when outdoors. They cost a little more but save the inconvenience of carrying sunglasses everywhere. Unfortunately, such lenses don’t darken much inside a car. So I do keep a normal pair of sunglasses in the car and use them when the sun glare is especially bad.
Be Especially Aware of Other Drivers
Others may not be taking the same precautions as you and will be squinting into the sun or even looking away at times. Use caution when driving around others. Leave more room behind the car in front, and be aware of cars that might change lanes into you.
Take care, and be safe — now and at all other times of the year.