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PA GE 19 Say what... Digital Magazine • Issue 35 • November 2016 • • http://saywhat.nz on ThE road again... Tips for driving with the Sun in your eyes... Wear polarized sunglasses Don't think that sunglasses in winter are silly. A good pair of polarized sunglasses are an essential safety tool for any driver year round. They won't give you perfect vision in the glare of the sun, but they are your best first step. Wash your windshield regularly Grime on the inside and outside of your windshield makes the sunlight refract and scatter, which intensifies the glare. Clean glass is easier to see out of whatever the weather conditions, but especially when you are facing sunlight. It is best to clean your windshield before your trip. Using your car's wipers during the drive leaves drops of washer fluid on it, which reflect the sun, making it harder to drive until they dry up. Add secondary visors to your sun visor Your car's sun visor can help reduce glare. In addition you can buy an adjustable mini-visor add-on that allows you to fill the gap not covered by your main visor. Since some drivers have trouble getting a good view when using them, it is wise to test them out on short trips to see if they work for you. Don't pull visors so low that you only have a constricted view of what is immediately ahead. Avoid clutter on your dashboard Sunlight reflects off items on your dashboard. Anything with a bright and/or shiny surface, including paper, can add to your trouble seeing well. Store items in the glove compartment or buy a caddy to hold them. Replace a cracked or pitted windshield Cracks and dents can distort your view and cause sunlight to scatter, making it hard to see. Leave ample space between you and the driver ahead Give yourself plenty of room out in traffic. If there is a problem, this extra room can save you from running into the car ahead. Drive slower if you are having trouble seeing Just like you reduce driving speed in rain or snow, go slower when driving into the sun. Visibility is seldom the best you'd like it to be at any time of year and in all types of weather. But taking steps to reduce the effects of sun glare can make your trip much safer all year round. Sunlight can cause major problems seeing when you drive at any time of year, not just in Summer. The period just after the sun rises and just before it sets are dangerous times for drivers, whether the days are long or short. When the sun is shining into your eyes as you drive, you don't have a good view of the road due to glare. It can be impossible to get a true view of the road ahead. But you can take steps to improve your vision when the sun is out. These tips will help you make your trip safely, achieving hazard reduction whatever your destination.