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Driving safety tips when blinded by the sun

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Peoria (WEEK) - Have you ever been blinded by the light? Sunrise and sunset can be gorgeous sites, but they can also be dangerous.

Just last week, there was an accident involving a bus and a small car that was likely caused by sun glare. Now that it's fall, our sunrise is moving toward the southeast and our sunset is moving toward the southwest. When you're driving in these directions, sun glare can obscure your view.

Triple-A Director of Public Affairs Nick Jarmusz said "... If you are experiencing sun glare, one of the first things you should do is slow down and increase your following distance. So that way you do compensate and give yourself some additional reaction time should something happen while you're driving."

Our sunset is getting earlier, but it is still near rush hour. Accident lawyer Harry Williams explained who's at fault if an accident occurs as a result of being blinded by the sun.

"Periodically we do get a case where the other driver, the driver who is at fault, claims that the sun blinded him and that's why they ran the red light or didn't see the person that they hit. They are going to be at fault, because first of all they had noticed there was an issue."

To prepare for sun glares, you can make sure your windshield is clear and free of any marks or scratches. If you notice the sun is bad, and particularly on your morning and evening commutes, it is best to invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses. These glasses will work better than other regular or extra dark sunglasses.

Make sure to slow down when suddenly blinded and increase your driving distance. You can also try taking alternate routes that travel more north and south rather than east and west.

All of these tips combined can help you stay safe and avoid getting into an accident from being blinded by the sun.

Devan Masciulli

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