Safety tips for driving in bright sunlight

The rising and setting sun can cause visual illusions and hurt drivers' eyes. In fact, the risk for a life-threatening car crash goes up by 16 percent in bright sunlight. Drivers in Illinois will want to consider the following tips for driving safely amid the sun's bright rays.

The first tip is to avoid driving in these conditions when possible. When it's not possible, drivers can wait until the sun has completely risen or set below the horizon. Drivers should know that their reaction times become slower in the bright light. This means keeping a greater distance from the vehicle in front. If the rays begin to really impede driving, it's best to exit the road and wait 10 or 15 minutes for the sun to reposition.

To protect their eyes not only from the brightness of the sun but also from harmful UV rays, drivers should invest in a good pair of sunglasses and keep them in the vehicle. Drivers should use the sun visor whenever the sun hits their front windshield or the side windows. Sun visors are especially effective because they are not designed to hinder visibility.

Lastly, drivers could tint their windows as long as the level of tint meets state regulations; overly darkened windows can result in a fine. A specialty auto repair shop could install window tinting for a few hundred dollars.

If drivers become negligent in the bright sun and cause a car wreck, they could be held liable. Victims who wish to file a legal claim against the negligent driver's auto insurance company may want to seek legal representation before proceeding. Personal injury lawyers might have networks of professionals like accident investigators and medical experts to help build up a case. The lawyer may then be able to negotiate for a settlement or prepare for litigation.

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