As the days get shorter in Wyoming after the change back to standard time, the sun is lower in the sky earlier in the day and can cause problems for drivers. Afternoon rush hour is one of the most dangerous times for driving, especially on days when the sun is bright. Though driving in bright sun is sometimes unavoidable, experts have tips for drivers to improve visibility and reduce the risk of crash.
Sunglasses improve vision when facing the sun as well as protecting the eyes from harmful UV rays. A good pair of sunglasses can be dedicated for driving by having them kept in the car so there’s no risk of ever being without them when they’re needed. Using the car’s visor along with sunglasses can offer double protection. A correctly positioned visor can block the blinding rays of the sun without interfering with a driver’s visibility of the road.
Some vehicles come with tinted windows, and those that don’t can have tinting added by specialty auto shops. Dark windows are illegal in some places, but light tinting is allowed and can block a percentage of the sun’s rays without blocking visibility.
The sun is generally brightest in the early morning and late afternoon. Experts say that drivers should avoid driving at these times if at all possible. If it’s not possible to avoid driving during bright sun, drivers should be extra careful to keep a safe distance between the car ahead, and be prepared to pull off the road and wait for the sun’s position to change if it becomes too much of a problem.
When the weather is involved in a car accident, it could be difficult to legally prove that the weather was entirely responsible. Drivers are required to drive safely at all times, and that includes taking proper precautions when driving in bad weather or weather that causes poor visibility. So even when weather is a factor in an accident, a driver could still be found negligent for not driving safely and liable for injuries to others involved.