If it has seemed like your mornings and late afternoons are getting brighter, it’s not just you. Sun glare is worse in the fall. Since these bright conditions are usually about the same time as rush hour, driving in sun glare can be especially hazardous this time of year.

However, using these tips may help keep this dangerous distraction from causing an accident.

Keep a pair of shades in the car

Sunglasses are your first line of defense against the brightness, but they can’t be used if they aren’t within reach! Keep a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle near the driver’s seat at all times.

For extra protection, you can invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses to minimize glare, eye strain and protect you from harmful UV rays.

Have the tools to clean your windshield

Sun glare is often worse on dirty windshields. But, when you spray windshield washer fluid and turn your wipers on, it should become easier to see — not more difficult.

You may need to invest in new windshield wiper blades or replace your windshield wiper fluid to make sure you can clean your windshield during times of sun glare. 

Use a nonreflective tinted film

These are allowed in Alabama so long as the film does not extend over six inches down from the top of the windshield.

Switch your schedule

If possible, change your work schedule to minimize your exposure to this hazard altogether. By leaving earlier in the morning or late at night, you may be able to remove this hazard altogether. Also, keep in mind that the length of the days will soon be changing once we head out of fall and into winter.

Don’t forget your visor!

The sun visor in your vehicle is equipped for the purpose of blocking the sun. Don’t forget to use it! However, remember to flip it out of the way once you are no longer facing the sun, as it can partially obstruct your view of the road ahead.

Exercise caution

Drive slowly to anticipate circumstances that are out of the ordinary, such as a stopped school bus, an accident or a traffic jam. If the sun is obstructing your view, these may be harder to see.

While practicing these steps can help prevent you from causing an accident, drivers who fail to prepare for these bright conditions may still create risk. If you are involved in an accident, seek medical attention immediately. Then, contact a personal injury lawyer about your options to seek compensation for damaged property or injuries.