How can your windscreen affect sun glare?

How can your windscreen affect sun glare? 28th July 2014

The summer sun is beaming down on much of Britain at the moment, giving drivers the chance to wind down their windows and enjoy the high temperatures.

While it is an excellent feeling to wind the windows down and cruise around in the high temperatures, there are many pitfalls that come with the warmer weather, particularly sun glare.

The sun’s rays can make it extremely difficult to see pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists. To combat the safety issues of driving in the sun, motorists should ensure their windscreens are in the best condition possible.

Windscreens should be cleaned regularly on the inside and outside to increase visibility and ensure their condition does not deteriorate over time. Without due care, windscreens can become cracked and fail to work at their optimum standard.

Windscreen washer fluid levels should be regularly topped up and wiper blades need to be kept in a good condition, or they will fail to clean properly. The components are affordable and easy to attach.

Drivers should be aware of the effects of sun glare and slow down whenever they are blinded, rather than risk colliding with other road users.

Sunglasses should be worn when the sun is particularly disruptive to driving, but only specific types are suitable. These are pairs with either fixed or variable tints.

Fixed tint sunglasses remain the same darkness irrespective of conditions, whereas variable tint lenses change their colour density when exposed to UV light. A number of manufacturers produce variable tint lenses adapted for driving. 

Even though many of these procedures can be carried out by drivers themselves, it is important to have vehicles checked by a trustworthy garage. The specialists can pick up on potentially dangerous faults and keep cars on the roads for longer. 

Visors can also help to reduce sun glare significantly, with some of the products designed to fill gaps that can materialise when the sun is shining into vehicle on the road. 

Posted by Danielle Barge