When it comes to driving, there are any number of issues that can mess with your standard trip. Even something as small as the position of the sun in relation to your car can really change your drive by impacting your vision. If you’ve ever had to drive while looking directly into the sun, you know how difficult it is. The sun being out isn’t normally a bad thing when you’re driving, but if you drive at sunset, it can definitely cause some issues. This is one of the reasons that times like rush hour are so bad in some areas. On top of there already being a higher volume of cars on the road, drivers have to deal with the sun making it difficult to see objects in front or behind your vehicle.
Aside from hindering a driver’s vision, sunsets can be distracting because of the picturesque views. Much like many drivers “rubberneck” when they pass an accident, they also are distracted by animals, phones, great roadside views, and many other things. It’s important to stay focused on what’s ahead, and bring sunglasses with you in the car. If you live in an area with a flatter terrain, you may be more prone to experiencing bright sunlight while driving in the afternoon, because there are less barriers to block the light. It is a good idea to keep a pair of sunglasses in your car at all times so you won’t have to remember to bring the same pair everywhere you go.
While having a pair of sunglasses in the car can help, they, along with visors, can only do so much. Try to plan your trip to avoid the times that the sun will be at your eye level. It may seem excessive at the time, but it’s better to stay safe, rather than sorry. Many prefer leaving at a different time to avoid being blinded while they’re actively driving, and it makes the trip less stressful when you can see clearly. If you can’t avoid the sun, try to find another route that repositions the sunlight or has objects to shade you. It is also always good to leave a cushion area between you and other drivers. This gives you more time to see break lights and slow down.
If you were in an accident that was caused by the sun preventing you from seeing well, give Wirth Chiropractic a call. While we can’t stop the sun from shining, we can help to stop any pain you may have that was caused by the accident. We know how frustrating it can be to be in an accident where you couldn’t see, let alone prevent, so give us a call, and see how we can help you today!