7 Simple Tips to Reduce Glare-Related Accidents

Although many drivers may not realize it, glare contributes to a significant number of car crashes every year in British Columbia and throughout Canada. In fact, most car accidents occur when light conditions are dim and oncoming headlights are much more likely to cause glare-related problems. Accidents also frequently occur in the early morning and early evening when the sun is low on the horizon, making it difficult for drivers to see the road before them.

While glare can affect even the most seasoned drivers, there are some things drivers can do to reduce the risk of accidents caused by glare.

  • Keep the windshield clean. Dirt and dust particles can diffract and scatter light, making it even more difficult to maintain a clear view of the road ahead. Keep a bottle of glass cleaner and a roll of paper towels in your car and check the windshields – front and back – before heading out. This is a good practice at any time of the day, even when you don’t think glare will be an issue.
  • Clean mirrors and passenger windows too. Dirt and dust can scatter light on these surfaces as well. Wiping them down with glass cleaner helps ensure you have a clear view of objects on every side, including pedestrians.
  • Check your wiper blades and wiper fluid. Wiper blades can play an important role in keeping windshields clean and preventing light diffraction, but over time, blades can build up a layer of film that can make them less effective. Use a little windshield washer fluid on a paper towel to clean blades and be sure to replace them at the first sign of wear. Check windshield washer fluid levels on a regular basis and top up as needed so you don’t find yourself without fluid when you really need it, like when driving down a busy highway.
  • Don’t stare directly at oncoming headlights. Instead, try focusing on the painted traffic line at the right side of the road to provide guidance until the headlights have passed.
  • Don’t forget to “flip” the mirror. Rearview mirrors have a tiny lever that can allow the driver to switch the angle of reflected light so headlights coming from behind appear less bright.
  • Take frequent breaks, or if it’s early morning, plan your route or time your driving so you miss the sun while it’s low on the horizon.
  • Finally, have your vision checked regularly. Some conditions like dry-eye syndrome can make it more difficult to see in dim light, and age-related changes can also have an effect on your ability to see at night. Having regular vision checkups helps ensure you can continue to drive safely in all types of conditions.

You know the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Well, when it comes to preventing glare-related accidents, it’s really true: Taking just a little time to clean your car’s glass and perform a few other little chores can significantly improve your ability to drive in harsh-light conditions and help you – and others – stay safe.

Keeping your windows clean to reduce glare reduces the likelihood of an accident, but unfortunately, anything can still happen. If the sun ever catches another driver off-guard, creating a collision that impacts you or your family, call at us 604-689-3883 or send us an email at today.

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