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Avoid car crashes in excessive sunlight

Drivers in Georgia may face an unexpected danger on their morning and afternoon commutes: the loss of visibility created by excessively bright sunlight. While few drivers link sunny days to a dangerous driving situation, the risk of a serious car accident is 16 percent greater in bright sunlight than in average weather conditions. The glare that comes from a rising or setting sun can make drivers uncomfortable; they may squint or even close their eyes to avoid the bright light, leading to risky situations. By keeping the following tips in mind, drivers can help to stay safe in bright sun.

While it may seem obvious, sunglasses can help. While they won't eliminate the light, they can lessen its brightness considerably while protecting a driver's eyes from harmful UV rays. By storing a pair of sunglasses in the car, drivers can always be prepared for a poor visibility situation. In addition, the built-in sun visors in a car or truck can help mitigate extreme sun glare. They can help to block the worst of the light coming in, and because they are standard equipment, they won't block a driver's view of the road.

Drivers can also make some decisions to help them avoid a dangerous auto accident. If people can delay or move up their commute, often by only a few minutes, they may be able to avoid the worst periods of extreme sunlight. In addition, maintaining a safe following distance is particularly important. Tailgating drivers in bright sunlight could easily cause a rear-end accident.

Dangerous driving, like drunk or distracted driving, can magnify the danger presented by excessive sun glare. People who have been injured in car wrecks caused by another's negligent driving might work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for their damages, including medical bills and lost wages.

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