Besides being able to enjoy the picturesque view Mother Nature has to serve, there is also another major element that comes with sunrise and sunset – the blinding sun.
While it takes a super instagrammable picture, it also comes with a certain kind of danger especially when you are behind the wheels.
Here are some safety precautions you should take when driving during sunrise/sunset:
Prepare your sunglasses/blinders
By now you would have heard people tell you to not stare directly into the sun as it can damage your eyes – this is true. However, if you are stuck on the highway (like Federal Highway for example) it’s kind of hard not to.
Not only will the sun damage your eyes in the long term but the blinding sun can also make it harder for you to see the car in front of you and to identify when they are signalling or braking.
All cars are equipped with sun-visors which is a help but for some people (the short ones) sun-visors do nothing, hence why having a sunglass in your car is a good idea.
Decrease Your Speed, Increase your Distance
Driving during sunset/sunrise is pretty much the same as driving in heavy rain except instead of having to deal with slippery road and limited visibility from the rain; you have to deal with limited visibility from the glaring sun.
If you think tailgating cars so that you can see the car in front of you is the solution, think again. You might not be able to stop in time if the car in front of you hits the brakes or worse, you might not even see the brake lights. The best way to go about it to drive slowly and make sure you have enough distance between your car and the car in front of you.
If you’re not confident with your ability to drive, stay in the slow lane instead and avoid overtaking other vehicles.
Drive behind bigger vehicles
Unless you are already driving a huge vehicle like buses, trucks or an 8-seater SUV, you might be able to shield from the sun by driving behind the vehicles mentioned. Buses and trucks are usually the best as their height will act as a shield between your vision and the glaring sun. That being said, you still should keep a safe distance and be careful not to tailgate these heavy vehicles.
If you are behind a bus, be aware that they can stop at any time.
Divert your Focus
We are always told to look ahead when driving however with the sun staring you right in the eyes it can be pretty hard to do so. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look out. Instead of focusing too far ahead, divert your attention to the edge of the road, the guidelines painted on the road or the bumper of the car in front of you.
All of these will give you a good indication of where you’re heading towards without having to stare at the sun.