Do You Know How to Avoid the Dangers of Sun Glare While Driving?
This month, a Las Vegas man was accused of a deadly hit-and-run. He reportedly said that he couldn’t see because the sun was in his eyes. The man claimed that he knew he’d hit something, but that he didn’t know what it was. Sun glare remains a real problem for Las Vegas residents. Glare is a visual sensation caused by excessive and uncontrolled brightness. It can cause annoyance, discomfort, and even a loss of visibility. Read on to find out how you can avoid the dangers of sun glare while driving.
If another driver injures you due to sun glare, you should seek medical attention immediately. Once you have gotten the injuries tended to, you should seek legal help from a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. Some people think they don’t need a car accident lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers and staff. We offer the experience, knowledge, and expertise you need to win significant compensation. Don’t delay: take advantage of our years of experience winning Las Vegas car accident cases for our clients. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
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Keep Your Windshield Clean
A clean windshield can help to avoid sun glare while driving. Keep your windshield clean and free of dirt and other material.
Windshield dirt can scatter sunlight and make sun glare worse. The best way to avoid sun glare is to get the dirt off before you drive. Waiting to use your car’s windshield wiper cleaning fluid until you are on the road can increase the dangers of sun glare. Any fluid left on the windshield can reflect the sun. This can make it harder to drive.
Avoid putting stickers or other material on the front windshield. These items can interact with sunlight and make it difficult to drive. They can also make driving more difficult by obstructing your view. Nevada law requires that the windshield and windows be unobstructed.
Nevada Revised Statute 484D.435
Nevada Revised Statute 484D.435 states the following:
- A person shall not drive any motor vehicle with any sign, poster or other nontransparent material upon the front windshield, side wings or side or rear windows of such vehicle which obstructs the driver’s clear view of the highway or any intersecting highway.
- This section shall not apply to any sign, poster or other material displayed in the 6-inch square area of the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or to any other material required to be displayed on a windshield or window by federal or state law.
Fix Cracks and Chips in Your Windshield
A clean windshield can still be dangerous if it has cracks or chips. The littlest chip in your windshield can cause a big sun glare problem. This is because sunlight can reflect off of the crack or chip and obstruct your vision. Help to avoid sun glare by immediately fixing all cracks and chips in your windshield.
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Clean Off Your Dashboard and Rearview Mirror
Your windshield is not the only part of your car that you should keep clean and clutter free. Light can reflect off of items on your dashboard and rearview mirror. This light can angle directly into your eyes, interfering with your vision. Reduce the possibility of sun glare by cleaning off your dashboard and rearview mirror. Keep items out of the sun by storing them in the trunk, center console, or glove compartment.
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Modify Your Travel Time and Route
Sun glare is most likely to occur at sunrise and sunset. If possible, avoid driving during these times. A simple change, such as leaving 15 minutes earlier or later, can have a big impact on sun glare. If you must travel during sunrise and sunset, and you are driving into the sun, try modifying your route. Choose a route that avoids driving directly into the sun.
Use Your Sun Visor
Your vehicle’s sun visor can help shield your eyes from the sun and help you avoid the dangers of sun glare while driving. If your regular visor is not helping with sun glare, consider purchasing a secondary visor. The secondary visor can help to fill the gap not covered by the main visor.
Wear Polarized Sunglasses
If you wear sunglasses, check to see if they are polarized. Polarized lenses have a special chemical applied to them to filter light. Polarized sunglasses can reduce light glare, improve clarity, and reduce eye strain from the sun.
Tint Your Vehicle’s Windows
Window tinting is the process of applying a thin laminate film to a vehicle’s glass in order to darken it. Window tinting can help you avoid the dangers of sun glare while driving. If you choose to tint your vehicle’s windows, you should be aware of Nevada’s restrictions on tinting of windshield or side or rear window.
Nevada Revised Statute 484D.440
Nevada Revised Statute 484D.440 provides restrictions on tinting of windshield or side or rear window. It provides in part:
2. Except as otherwise provided in subsections 3, 4 and 5 a person shall not:
(a) Place, install, affix or apply upon the windshield or any side or rear window of a motor vehicle which is required to be registered in this State; or
(b) Operate on any highway a motor vehicle required to be registered in this State on which there has been placed, installed, affixed or applied upon the windshield or any side or rear window of the motor vehicle, any transparent material which alters the color or reduces the light transmission of the windshield or side or rear window.
3. The prohibition set forth in subsection 2 does not apply to:
(a) A window that is to the immediate right or left of the driver if the window is:
(1) Nonreflective; and
(2) Has a total light transmission through the combination, if any, of transparent material and safety glazing of not less than 35 percent with a tolerance of 7 percent.
(b) A side window that is to the rear of the driver, or a rear window, if the vehicle has outside mirrors on each side that are located so as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway through each mirror for a distance of not less than 200 feet to the rear of the vehicle.
(c) Any transparent material that is installed, affixed or applied to the topmost portion of the windshield if:
(1) The bottom edge of the material is not less than 29 inches above the undepressed driver’s seat when measured from a point 5 inches in front of the bottom of the backrest with the driver’s seat in its rearmost and lowermost position with the vehicle on a level surface; and
(2) The material is not red or amber in color.
We hope these tips keep you safe on the sunny Las Vegas roads. If a Las Vegas driver injures you, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.
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