Sun glare poses a tremendous driving risk no matter what time of year. It’s easy to become instantly blinded for a moment (or more!) by the angle of the sun. While you can’t always avoid sun glare there are things you can do to reduce the impact of sun glare.
Wearing sunglasses on a sunny day seems obvious but there are many time when you set off in your car and its gray or raining, then the sun comes out. Keep a spare pair of sunglasses in your car (many have a convenient glass holder by the visor) for that time when the sun pushes away the clouds. Be sure your sunglasses are polarized to reduce glare and provide UV protection.
Tinted Auto Glass
Many cars have a band of tint at the top of the windshield glass to reduce the downward glare of the sun as well as a tint on the side windows. Tinting reduces the impact of the sun by lessening the sun damage to the interior and keeping the vehicle cooler. In New York State you may only block 30% of the incoming light in your windshield and rear windows (unless the vehicle has outside rearview mirrors on both sides). Side windows can be tinted dark. Check your State laws to confirm how much window tinting you can do.
Cleaning Your Windshield
Keeping your windshield clean will reduce the effects of sun glare and decreased visibility due to grime. Be sure to always wash off your windshield wipers as well to diminish streaking. Coating the windshield with white vinegar when you’ve finished cleaning it will help lessen the buildup of dirt.
You can find more helpful tips for keeping your maintaining your car windshield on our website, here.