Glare can affect your ability to see at any time – on bright, sunny summer days, and during long, snowy winter nights. And you’d never dream of driving blindfolded. But, in essence, that’s exactly what glare can do to you.
Using your sun visor goes without saying, but if that’s not doing the trick, follow our tips to combat glare and avoid accidents.
Adjust your speed
If you can’t see perfectly, slow down – it’s as simple as that. If things become very challenging, pull over and stop altogether.
Clean your windshield
The affects of glare can be amplified by refracting light; caused by grease, tree sap and road grunge that settles on the glass. Ensure your wipers are in good condition, and give the windscreen a comprehensive clean both inside and out, with a good-quality glass cleaner and a microfibre cloth.
Keep your eyes moving
Allowing your eyes to settle in one place is a sure-fire way to miss something important. When it comes to the brow of hills and sharp corners, look out for oncoming lights and prepare to react at a moment’s notice.
Use dipped headlights
Full-beams will always blind oncoming traffic, so of course you should be using dipped headlights at night. But turning on your headlights during the daytime can also make your car more visible to other drivers dealing with glare.
Wear the right eyewear
Whatever the weather, keep the right eyewear at hand. Obviously, sunglasses help in summer, but if you wear spectacles and regularly have to deal with glare – perhaps because of your commuting route – ask your optician about an anti-reflective lens coating. This will help at night.
Use your peripheral vision
If you’re dealing with low winter sun on a clear day, there’s not much you can do to about that. It this case, it can help to simply squint or rely on your peripheral vision. Look down and to the side, using road markings and other cars as reference points to help you navigate. Naturally, your peripheral vision offers less detail and focus, so only rely on this when you’ve no other option – on rain-sodden, night-time motorways and such.
Switch mirrors to night-mode
Your rear-view mirror probably has a night mode, which darkens the effect of following cars’ lights. Simply look for the switch under the mirror and flick it to night-mode in an instant.