Glare can be a serious problem for drivers, and it's one that isn't discussed as much as it should be. When a windshield sits at a certain angle or the sun reflects dust or dirt that has collected, the possibility of a blinding glare is higher than normal. Even if a driver is only struggling with glare for a few seconds, it's long enough to put him or her in danger and to endanger those around the moving car.
The good news is there are things drivers can do to reduce the amount of glare they have to deal with. By doing so, they make their drives safer and keep others, pedestrians, drivers and cyclists, safer around them.
1. Maintain windshield wipers and fluid
If you've ever been sprayed with water while driving, you know that the immediate aftermath is trouble seeing and additional reflections from the sun bouncing off the water drops. A good piece of advice is to replace your windshield wipers regularly, so they don't smear or spread water across the windshield. You want the windshield-wiper fluid to immediately strip the water from the windshield so you have a clear line of vision.
2. Clean, clean, clean
The next thing you can do to reduce glare is to clean inside and outside the windshield. Although it sounds counterintuitive, any dust or particles that collect on the windshield could reflect the sun into your eyes and make it harder to see out your windshield. Taking just a few minutes a week to clear off your windshield can help you avoid a substantial amount of glare during your drive.
3. Consider tints
Window tinting is another possibility if you find yourself struggling with glare regularly. Tints can be extended downward on your windshield. Even a few inches of additional tinting can make it much easier to drive when the sun sits low, allowing you to make decisions based on better viewing. Tints come in a range of colors and gradients, so you can get the exact look that suits your vehicle as well.
Glare is just one problem people deal with on the roads, but the good news is that it's easy to eliminate. With just a few changes in how you maintain your vehicle or update its features, you can keep your family, yourself and others safer on the roads and avoid an accident caused by the sun.