Sun glare is the worst.

driving in sun glare

As much as we love the sun, it can wreak havoc when it comes to driving. That bright light that reflects off of the glass, metal, and chrome of other cars and objects is called glare and it drastically impairs your ability to see. Along with causing poor vision, sun glare is uncomfortable and can make you squint, which makes visibility even worse (in addition to causing wrinkles).

Unfortunately, sun glare doesn’t just happen in the summer. It can actually be worse in the fall. In the summer, the sun is high but very bright; however, in the fall, it’s less bright but lower in the sky. At this time, it tends to fall at an angle right across the windshield (which also means it’s more prone to falling directly into your eyes).

We’ve come up with some ways to help avoid sun glare while driving!

Ways to Avoid Sun Glare While Driving

  • Wear polarized sunglasses. Besides looking cool, sunglasses provide UVA and UVB protection and help kick sun glare to the curb. You don’t need the fanciest and most expensive pair of Ray-Bans on the market. You can find great sunglasses at reasonable prices.
  • Use that sun visor to help reduce sun glare.
  • Drive slower (without going too slow as to impede traffic or cause an accident) and leave more space between you and other vehicles.
  • Keep your windshield free from dirt, dust, and scratches. These things combined with the glare of the sun can make it nearly impossible to see.
  • Use the lane markings on the road to help you stay in the correct lane.
  • Tinted windows can help, but be sure to check your state laws for regulations on just how dark they can be. Clear film can also be used to help block UV and infrared light.
  • Sun glare is usually worse in the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid driving at these times if at all possible. Remember that sun rises in the east and sets in the west.  If you can figure out a route going in the opposite directions of the rising and setting sun each day, you’ve already conquered a big part of your sun glare quandary.

How do you deal with sun glare while driving? Do you have a favorite pair of sunglasses? Let us know in the comments.