Tips for driving during a low-hanging sun

It is a familiar phenomenon for many motorists: driving during sunrise or sunset can be challenging because of the low-hanging sun. The bright light shining directly into your eyes can impair visibility and make driving difficult. Fortunately, there are some tips you can follow to keep driving safely even when the sun is low in the sky.

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  • Use sunglasses

Invest in a good pair of sunglasses with polarised lenses against a low-hanging sun. These glasses reduce glare and improve contrast, making it easier to see even in bright sunlight.

  • Keep your windscreen clean

A clean windscreen is essential to reduce glare. Make sure both the inside and outside of your windscreen is free of dirt, smudges and streaks.Keep enough distance

  • Keep a greater distance from the vehicle in front of you, especially if visibility is restricted by low-hanging sun

This gives you more time to react to changes in traffic.

  • Adjust your speed

Reduce your speed when driving in areas of bright sunlight. By driving slower, you give yourself more time to react to unexpected situations

  • Use your sun visor

Use the sun visor in your car to block direct sunlight. Tilt it down and turn it to the side to keep the sun’s rays out of your eyes.

  • Be alert to shadows

Pay attention to the shadows of other vehicles and objects on the road. These can help you anticipate obstacles and changes in the road surface.

  • Use your lights

Turn on your dipped headlights, even if it is not yet completely dark. This makes your car more visible to other road users and increases your visibility.
Take extra care when approaching intersections and crosswalks: These areas can be particularly dangerous while driving when the sun is low, as it can be harder to see pedestrians and other road users.

  • Be patient

When the sun is low, driving can be frustrating. However, remember that it is important to remain patient and adjust your speed to the road conditions.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can continue to drive safely even when faced with a low-hanging sun. Always remember that safety comes first and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and other road users.