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Steps to take if driving in bright sun

Most people would rather drive on a sunny day than one in which rain, snow, or ice is pouring down. Unfortunately, many issues can come about when driving in bright sun. If you don't take the right approach, your vision could be compromised, thus increasing the chance of an accident.

While bright sun can impact your vision at any time of the day, this is most likely to occur during the early morning and late evening hours.

Here are some of the steps you can take to protect yourself, thus reducing the chance of causing an accident:

-- Wear a pair of high quality sunglasses.

-- Make good use of your sun visor.

-- Leave more space between you and any vehicles you are following.

-- Leave your headlights on, as this makes it easier for other drivers to see you.

Along with the above, it's important to keep your windshield clean and remove any reflective items from your dash.

Driving conditions are very rarely 100 percent perfect, but that doesn't mean you have an excuse to make mistakes on the road.

If sun glare is a problem, make sure you have a solution. If it is too bright for you to drive, pull over and wait a few minutes. Soon enough, the sun will have adjusted and you will be able to hit the road once again.

Remember this: Even if you are skilled at driving in the sun and have a plan for avoiding an accident, it could still cause another driver to make a poor decision.

Source: AAA, "Dangers of Driving Into Sun," accessed June 01, 2016

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